The world is an incredibly busy place. Our minds are always on the go and if we’re not doing something, we’re often thinking about something else and preparing ourselves for what’s next.
So with that in mind, can you remember when is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking, no internet, no TV, no eating or even thinking?
You’re probably thinking (like I did at first), “Well, I sleep for about 8 hours a night. Does that count?”. Sure, to a degree. But what I’m talking about here is being awake and conscious and not thinking about anything at all.
It’s about being present in the now — and meditation is what it’s all about.
The concept of doing nothing, is for most people, odd. It sounds like doing nothing is an easy task, but it’s not uncommon for people to even feel uncomfortable and from personal experience, spending too much focused energy thinking about not thinking. Now that’s a vicious circle! :-/
But, as mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes in the TED video below, refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment can have a an incredible transformative power on your life.
Watch the video:
The reason this video caught my attention is because of my motto for 2013. It also just so happened to be my first tweet of the year:
What I mean by “New thinking” is that this year I want to place more importance on thinking outside the box, learning new skills, being more mindful, helping others and ultimately becoming a more fulfilled human being. According to a recent research paper from Harvard, on average our minds are lost in thought almost 47 percent of the time. So, amongst my goals for the year, I am placing more importance on reducing the amount of time I get lost in thought and spending more time in the now.
And so in relation to the content of the video, Andy Puddicombe summed it up as to why something as small like a 10 minute investment could change your life:
“And this is an extraordinary thing, right? We’re talking about our mind. The mind, our most valuable and precious resource, through which we experience every single moment of our life, the mind that we rely upon to be happy, content, emotionally stable as individuals, and at the same time to be kind and thoughtful and considerate in our relationships with others. This is the same mind that we depend upon to be focused, creative, spontaneous, and to perform at our very best in everything that we do. And yet, we don’t take any time out to look after it. In fact, we spend more time looking after our cars, our clothes and our hair than we [should].”
How much do you value your mind? Have you ever thought about it before? Have you ever considered trying meditation and does Andy Puddicombe’s talk intrigue you into learning more about how to look after your mind and wellbeing?
So, I challenge you: The next time you’re bored and don’t know what to do, why not stop and Do Nothing For 10 Minutes and find out how much it could change your life.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences on this topic. Leave a comment below or connect via twitter @gregbeazley