Doing Nothing Is Something

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.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Observations by Ryan Shelton. Bookmark the permalink.

About Ryan Shelton

While I'm currently married to a beautiful woman while teaching physics at Padua Academy, these descriptors fail to capture the totality of my adventurous life. I have hiked over 1700 miles, traveled to 5 continents, managed a bakery, started a meditation center, counseled troubled teens, attended Duke, UNC, and Harvard, protected forests as a wildland firefighter, volunteered thousands of hours with Americorps, rafted the Grand Canyon, SCUBA dived on the Great Barrier Reef, and continues to find new adventures. I hope my writing encourages you to pursue your dreams and be the best version of yourself while supporting your communities to work together to solve the current challenges in our world.

One thought on “Doing Nothing Is Something

  1. With steady practice, I clearly see my mind dissipate waves of anger and stress many a time , helping me to respond to events more resourcefully. It is quite tangible that way. With time, my family and quite a few friends and co-workers noticed the changes and understood that this is due to meditation. I feel its just like how companies invest in ‘soft-skills’ and understand its benefits are not exactly quantifiable, even though its tangible. Well, eventually it really doesn’t matter whether others are convinced about it or not, as long as we are clearly able to see it distinctly benefiting us and giving us more peace. Moreover, just like external vicissitudes, there are internal ones too, that I have learnt takes time to navigate through it using vipassana and they are even more powerfully beneficial but others might just see it otherwise.

    ‘Doing nothing is something’ – nice way to put it!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s