TO CULTIVATE CALM, you'll spend a lot of
time doing nothing. At least that's what it looks like from the
outside: Sitting doing nothing, or taking a walk and doing nothing.
There are several things you can do while doing "nothing"
3. Think about a specific thing
4. Free thought (letting the mind think what it wants)
5. Relaxing tense muscles
6. Take deep breaths
These are all helpful activities in the
cultivation of serenity, although they do not look like activities
to an outside observer.
Doing nothing at all ends up being free
thought just your mind wandering where it will. And we
need more of that. It contributes tremendously to living in bliss
or at least living in tranquillity. There are almost always plenty
of things you have put off thinking about because you were too
busy doing other things at the time. So these un-thought-about
things accumulate and create a kind of tension. When you stop
doing anything, your mind automatically starts thinking about
those things, sorting them out, coming up with solutions, and
then the tension goes away.
If your mind does NOT do this, if when you do nothing, your mind
naturally just obsesses about worries you can do nothing about,
But the point of all of this is that doing
nothing is the one thing almost everyone needs more of. Not watching
TV or playing videogames: Those are doing something. Doing nothing
looks like you're just sitting there. Or just walking (not listening
to anything, not talking to anyone).
Spend some time doing nothing
Think about one of the things you had as a child and do not have
now that makes the difference between serenity and stress: When
you were a kid, there were times when you did nothing at all.
And if you were to spend more time now doing nothing at all,
you would regain some of that childhood serenity just