Sitting silently, doing nothing, spring comes and the grass grows by itself– A Zen saying.
All through our lives, we have been made to believe that the success in life is to achieve something. And to achieve something, we have been taught to work and struggle hard. Maybe this is true in the context of most of our day to day needs. However, we have to keep in mind that this constant struggle leaves with us debilitating stress and anxiety.
The eastern mystics, however, believed over the years that the highest achievement in life was to become aware of our own self. They further believed that no effort was required to achieve that supreme awareness.
How to practice ‘Doing Nothing’ Meditation
To start with, one does not require any specific place or schedule a fixed time to practice this technique. There isn’t any requirement for any specific posture either.
Stop doing everything. Don’t eat or drink even water. Don’t even walk. Just stop doing everything. Try to stop even your thought processes, even though don’t be harsh on your mind controlling your thoughts.
Do not try to Meditate either. Just relax and just let the time pass by.
In the beginning, this method might seem tough for most of us. However, constant practice helps to gain mastery over this technique.
When you are feeling anxious or stressed, do this activity for 10 minutes or so.
Try practicing ‘doing nothing’ technique at least for 10 or 15 minutes in a day.
Regular practice of this technique can alleviate stress, make us aware of our thoughts and feelings, and pave the way for clear reasoning and conscious actions.