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Being Still to go Forward.

Today we live in a culture where it is unacceptable to have a day off. Where the notion of recovery and rest is met with contempt; and that the only way to truly make progress in work, work, work.

This is a LIE.

I’m a long perpetuator of balance, this philosophy as it were, appears all around us:

NIGHT & DAY

LIGHT & DARK

and of course WORK & REST.

Practicing Non-Action.

I want to share with you the practice of non-action or stillness in the hope that you can embed this tool into your day when you feel overwhelmed.

The art of doing nothing is a subtle one, I don’t want you to confuse this with relaxation or entertainment. Non-action is not found in watching your favourite TV shows, Netflix, video games, shopping, eating or anything you might technically deem a break from your work.

Non-action is stillness. Non-action is the art of being present, with your awareness and attention focused on the internal mechanisms of your being.

Here are two of my favourites:

  • Meditation
  • Experiencing Nature

Both these practices gives us the opportunity to negate the mind and quieten the chatter. Giving us relief from the constant buzzing and whirring of our worries and stress.

I don’t want the purpose of this practice to get too perplexing, so I will simple say it the art of being.

I even avoided calling this ‘walks in nature’ and although that is what you would call in when you’re walking though the forest paths, that is not the primary function. The function is your attention and experience on nature: the birds in the trees, the rustling of the wind and crunch of the leaves under your feet.

The purpose isn’t to finish the walk, rather BE the walk.

Relieve that mental pressure. Do nothing, simply BE.

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Grateful for your presence,

Joseph

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