I am certain you must be puzzled by the title of this post. How can one grow by doing absolutely nothing? I am certainly not advocating a life of lethargy and indolence. What I am suggesting that every now and then we need to come to a full stop in life.
Let me clarify a little more on this. Our lives these days are in a perpetual fast forward. We are like trapeze artists, swinging from activity to another. We just keep reacting to events as they happen to us. There is hardly any time or room for thinking of any kind. Our attention is usually focused on the task and its short term consequences. We don’t have time for anything more the way we keep moving from activity to the next.
So what do we do? Here’s my suggestion. Pick a suitable time of the day and come to complete stop. Drop everything you do or are doing. Throw off the earphones from your iPod or smartphone, turn off the TV, put down that novel or even that newspaper. Drop everything you are doing and relax. You could probably just sit still or take a walk. Personally I prefer to leisurely walk. Relax. Savor the moment of doing nothing. Let random thoughts cross your mind. Slowly turn your thoughts inward. Start focusing on the thoughts that cross your mind. You can then run your mind over things that you deem important in your life. You can pick any one thing. Maybe it is your work in office and your strategy to grow professionally. Or you could think about how to spend more quality time with your family. You could turn your mind towards how you can manage your time better without being in a continuous rush and feeling stressed out every single day. Alternatively you could try to understand your angry outbursts. Were you justified? Could you have been calmer and more reasonable? This is also the time to relook at some of your biases and prejudices. You could drop some of your resentments towards others.
The whole idea is that you spend your time introspecting, looking inward and planning your life a little more. We can only do this if spend quiet moments with our mind turned inwards. We must move our attention from the chaos of the external lives to our own inner world. This has to happen regularly almost daily. If we do this then our lives will become a lot more organized. We will be able to plan our days, weeks and our whole lives well. We can also understand our faults and our petty prejudices and work towards becoming a better person. So go ahead and take a full stop!
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