He who does not have time to meditate for 5 minutes, should meditate for an hour

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Finding solace and strength in doing absolutely nothing.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed. We are in a pandemic after all. With so much flexibility comes the crushing responsibility to manage our own time and theoretically get tons of work done. This is simultaneously a wonderful opportunity for those passion projects that you’ve been putting off and also a distraction trap for your mind.

Days have passed where the dominant thought of the day is the repetitive motif that I have a million things vying for my attention. It’s amazing how the brain is happy to spiral aimlessly for hours all the while seeking just 5 more minutes of cooking videos. Before I know it, the sun is setting and no actual progress on the things that I care about has been made.

Meditating is too fancy a word for most people because it inspires images of monks sitting still on treetops (even though, yes, that is what it can feel like on good days). But what I really value is that quiet time as a respite. There is a sharp difference between relaxing your mind with mindless content to keep you occupied, and letting the mind rest. Every time, it is counter-intuitive that the most productive action is inaction. And yet, every time, I am happy about the outcome. The sense of clarity and prioritization that emerges from letting the brain process in a passive way is one of the wonderful mysteries of being human.