The Tidbit (April 29, 2021)
What I've Been Doing (or Not Doing) Lately
The Mental Arts Tidbit
I’ve been seeking more places of peace and stillness lately, especially in this noisy world that I live in. In order to find places of stillness, I’ve been trying to be more intentional with my actions and observe areas in which I might be generating noise.
Finding stillness in my life has both doing and non-doing activities. By “doing,” activities, these are generally the things that you hear about when it comes to mental well-being: things like journaling, meditating, breathing, walking (especially in nature), tidying, etc.
However, this idea of non-doing is something that is new to me. By non-doing, I mean to refrain from things that I would normally default to in order to fill the space.
I discovered that I wasn’t comfortable with silence. So I played with the idea of not speaking if I was focused on something else.
So, if I’m washing the dishes, playing a game at my computer, folding clothes, reading, or eating, I try to only do that activity and that activity alone. I’m not holding a conversation at the same time.
I like this experiment of stillness.
Taking a pause to really feel what is happening around me.
It’s quite amazing.