In our fast paced world where we’re evaluated by what we accomplish, it’s strange to consider the value of doing nothing. Sure, you can count the number of hours you sit or the number of courses you complete, but no one’s giving you certificates or congratulating you based on this score card. What I gain from meditation isn’t so tangible. It simply helps me be a good human being. It helps me be more loving to the people around me. It helps me understand this complicated world we live in. These aren’t quantifiable results, but they are something.
What’s fascinating is that these benefits come from essentially doing nothing. I don’t mean that benefits just come out of no where. You need to actively choose to spend a good deal of time doing nothing to receive the benefits, and this is hard. One reason I think it’s hard is because these results aren’t tangible. I can’t convince a boss that spending 2 hours out of my day to meditate gave our company a particular benefit. From the outside, it appears as just wasted time. It’s not until you regularly meditate that you experience the benefits of doing nothing. So even though I only have a finite amount of time on this planet, and I used to believe I should attempt to do as many different things as I could with that time, I’m not sure there’s a more valuable way to spend my time than doing nothing. Time to meditate.