At some point you have probably said, or thought, that you wished you had a day to just sit and do nothing. What you really mean, is to be able to do whatever you want, not actually nothing. Doing nothing is a lot harder than you would think. I do a lot of nothing. ALS and nothing go hand in hand.
I am currently on vacation, traveling out West in our motor home. Riding in the motor home or a car for me, means a lot of sitting, not moving at all, and basically doing nothing. I can’t scroll through Facebook, no eating or drinking. No reading a book. Nothing. Well, with a lot of planning and time spent to set things up, I could probably use my phone, or read, but it hasn’t happened yet. Things are especially arduous when riding in the motor home, because the driver and passenger seats are so far apart. There is no way my husband can reach me to help with anything when he is driving. If hair blows into my face, it stays there. If I get thirsty, I have to wait until we stop. If a bug lands on me, it stays there until it decides to move. There also isn’t much talking going on. Between the noise of the road, my quiet voice and my husbands hearing loss, there’s no chance of a conversation. That being said, I generally do like our motor home. I have found that if I have some music (that I like) to listen to, I can sit just doing nothing besides listening to the music, for hours on end. Music helps the hours spent doing nothing while my husband is driving, fly by.
I did a lot of nothing when I was young, walking through the woods and fields around my house. I could wander around for hours with my dog doing nothing.
Many people meditate to take a break and do nothing. My dog seems to be quite good at doing nothing. He’s happy to do very little too. It seems much easier for animals to do nothing than for people. I remember when I was a teenager, trying to lay out in the sun to get a tan. There wasn’t much chance of that happening. After about ten minutes, I had to get up and do something, I was bored.
Quieting your mind and doing nothing is good for you in many different ways. It helps your body and mind, as well as your soul. So, do what you can to practice doing nothing as often as you can. You don’t have to buy a motorhome and go on vacation, to do nothing, but I would definitely recommend it!