How Does Your Life Seem To You Now?

I’m laying on a heating pad, playing with a contemplative exercise a teacher I regard highly gave to a group years ago. I am one of two people in that group who actually did the exercise I think, much less two or three times.

Each time was revelatory.

It is a surprisingly radical act to consciously do nothing*.

The basics of the exercise are as follows:
–Ask yourself the question “How does my life seem to me now?” Then write for five minutes.
–Next, *do nothing*, for three to four hours, not even meditate. (My version today will not be this long; we’ll call it a micro-contemplation.)
–At the end, you ask yourself the same question. Then write for five minutes.

This can be a kind of ‘state of things’ address to one’s self, although there is no need to answer in an itemized kind of way. The main thing is to experience/compare the way one’s mind behaves with less or more spaciousness. Today is a perfect day for something like this, as it’s breezy and cool outside, George is content to be a foot warmer, and I’ve been staving off anxiety.

*leaving aside the question of whether this kind of doing nothing is actually doing nothing. It is closer to doing nothing that what one normally does, hahaha

Published by Stephanie Beth

I write about meditation, inquiry and play!

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