Today’s Miracle Moment is about the sweetness of doing nothing at all.
This Miracle Moment is a little bit different than most. I (Marci) am coming to you from a hammock — my first time ever giving a Miracle Moment from a hammock! I’m on my third day of a wilderness backpacking trip, and I’ve had a chance to just relax and do nothing (other than hike). What a nice change of pace!
It’s in this spirit that today’s Miracle Moment is about the sweetness of doing nothing at all.
There is so much power in doing nothing, but it’s all too often overlooked.
My partner Sergio, who’s originally from Italy, taught me this beautiful Italian phrase, dolce far niente. It literally means, sweet do nothing, and it’s a celebration of relaxing.
Celebrating “doing nothing” is quite different from how I normally live. I was raised to work hard and be productive. In my family, DOING was considered the ultimate value. My family applauded striving and accomplishing. My efforts and performance were rewarded and celebrated, so it’s only natural I grew up to become a “do-er.”
Maybe you, too, are a do-er and are in the habit of staying busy to feel worthy. While being purposefully busy is great, there’s also enormous value in the sweetness of doing nothing. It’s easy to become addicted to the productive feeling of continual action. In fact, the chemical dopamine is released in our brain when we accomplish things, and it feels good. We can get addicted to that busy feeling and stuck in a cycle of striving.
The downside of all this “doing” is that too easily lose touch with our “being.” Being stuck in busy-ness doesn’t leave us time to connect with our innate essence or to appreciate who we are deeply inside beyond we do. We can miss some of the sweetest parts of life and of ourselves. And when our actions are infused with our beingness, they’re even more powerful. Slowing down allows us greater insight, presence, and connection.
An Invitation to You…
This week I’m inviting you to do a simple 5-10 minute practice of doing nothing. Tune in to whatever you may experience.
- On the first day, you’ll sit for five minutes and do nothing while keeping your eyes open.
- Sit and BE and notice whatever comes up.
- Notice if there’s discomfort or pain in the body or impatience. If so, just be with that feeling. Feel the feeling without taking action or judging it. Give it the spaciousness to just be.
- Each day this week, embark on this practice of doing nothing, adding a minute to your practice until you reach ten minutes. Notice what shifts in your life.
I think you’ll find that this practice of just doing nothing will infuse your actions with much more awareness, sweetness, and consciousness.
We invite you to share with us your experience of doing nothing in the comments below. What does this shift in your life? We want to know!
I send you my love and wish you the great sweetness of doing nothing, dolce far niente.
“Sometimes the most important thing to do is to do nothing.”
― Debasish Mridha