Doing nothing, nothing at all. Just being still and taking it all in; the world that is. We’re made to feel guilty if we do nothing, and maybe that’s self-imposed because we’ve become accustomed to multi-tasking. Lately I feel the need to slow things down a bit so I can enjoy what’s right in front of me. I set up a lonely chair on my back patio and sit outside by myself listening to the birds and bugs. I watch the ducks down by the creek bobbing their heads in and out of the water. I notice the new buds emerging from the sleepy trees and pay attention to where the birds are busy building nests. The grass seems to get a little greener each day and I have this crazy squirrel, who comes up to the patio (as long as I sit still long enough), investigating the small wood pile we have.
I watch the clouds move through the sky and notice the shape they take. I remember being a kid laying in the grass staring up at the clouds and seeing all kinds of things….mountains, elephants, angels, alligators and everything else imaginable. I breathe in deeply and exhale slowly all the new freshness spring is bringing. I’m impatient for the lilac bushes to start bursting with color along with the intoxicating scent of its flowers! And so I sit here doing nothing while the world around me is busy waking up. I love it, I love the quiet, the calmness and the stillness even though so much is happening right before my eyes.
I no longer want to be a part of the busyness people impose on themselves, the noise, the traffic, the rushing, or the negativity that comes with all of that. I am learning how to sit still and do nothing as I observe the beauty around me. Things that can’t be seen or heard while rushing. So I move with purpose now and help the old woman at the grocery store instead of rushing by her. I notice the flowers blooming on my walks and the laughter of kids playing near by. I want to fully experience life and be present in each moment. I’m learning that by letting myself be still ocassionally I open myself up to the world/people around me. I’m becoming more calm, centered and balanced.