One of my favorite quotes is a play on the common phrase “Don’t just sit there, do something.” With simplicity and cleverness, Sylvia Boorstein says “Don’t just do something, sit there.”
Living in the U.S. many of us find ourselves in a constant cycle of hustle & recuperate. Often this recuperation or down time is rather “busy” in itself – we’re still quite mentally preoccupied, whether we’re engaged in a movie, book, or other activity. It can be rare that we find (or rather, arrange for) downtime where our mind and attention can “just sit there” for a moment. When we do make this time, we are often surprised to find that our body has been trying to get our attention about about a need (or needs) that has not been spoken to – a tense shoulder, a sore back, a feeling of sadness, frustration, or fatigue.
Arranging to have this unoccupied downtime, to simple just sit there and breathe, allows us to provide ourselves much needed feedback about what is alive in us. It provides clarity, understanding, and a window to the needs that are driving our every action. Having this clarity helps us to see which strategies are working, which are not, and creates the opportunity to think of different strategies that might better speak to our needs.
Are you arranging your busy schedule to include unoccupied downtime?