Many psychologists, spiritual practitioners, Zen Buddhists and even mainstream groups seem to think that doing nothing can be very productive. In fact, both CNN and WikiHow feature articles not only praising the power of “doing nothing,” but giving step-by-step instructions for learning how to do nothing, with the paradoxical outcome of actually making a person more productive than your run-of-the-mill one-armed paper-hanger!
Some of the steps recommended by these sites include “banishing the guilt,” the pressure constantly propelling us to do something, “taking a walk in nature,” and “sitting and breathing.”
However, according to the website zenhabits.com, one should “start small,” because, after all, feeling pressure to excel at doing nothing is sort of counterproductive, right?
Beginning with 5-10 minutes a day of a simple breathing exercise or a peaceful walk in nature, inhaling and tasting the aromas and feeling the air cooling or warming your skin, is just the right amount of nothing to not only get you to do a lot of something, but to do so in a healthier, happier way.