Friday, September 25, 2009

The Joy Diet - Menu Item One

The Joy Diet
Martha Beck


Do NOTHING for 15 minutes a day...

I have always had trouble doing nothing. One of my Mother’s mantras was idle hands… idle minds. I also have so many interests that I like trying to do everything. I have to thank Cancer for teaching/forcing me to do nothing. Believe me I was forced to do nothing for a lot longer than 15 minutes. There were days that I was so tired that I could not do anything. I have to say my mind was probably the quietest during that time also (except at night). Chemo has a way of sapping everything out of you and you need every ounce of energy to get better.
I truly try to remember my lessons learned from the time I was ill… but I have to be honest it is easy to get caught up in the doing again. Part of it is that I feel well and I want to fit in as much as I can because I am healthy. But then I have to remember how important rest is… for both your body and your mind.

I did try and do nothing consistently this week… A few years ago I started saying a daily rosary… for me this is a good way to stop everything. I do find my mind wandering sometimes but I just go with it and try to focus on the prayers.

I also sat outside and just gazed into my backyard view…



But then the birds would tease me or the lizards… so I got up and got my camera and watched these guys do nothing for a bit…

Sometimes it is really hard to do NOTHING for 15 minutes a day...
So here is my vision/reminder card for this week:


It is not my favorite, I felt rushed, but I did lose about 1 1/2 hours this week doing nothing!!!

7 comments:

sherry ♥ lee said...

That's great that you lost 1 1/2 hours to nothing this week!! Your visual reminder in the vision card is vibrant...it will definitely help you to keep that focus.

You are so right -- I know when I had chemo I would sit in that chair and while I read for awhile, I would get into a very quiet trancelike state and truly think about nothing. It was good practice to be "in the moment" and in the here and now. Cancer gives us many gifts.

Looking forward to experiencing truth with you this week.

Beverley Baird said...

What a hard way to learn a lesson!
Loved the photos and your vision card is very effective!
I know that I need to stop and be still - yet I always seem to be in fast mode. I did try this week tho - even a few minutes is better than now.
Glad you are on this journey>

Melita said...

i love your vision reminder card. beautiful artwork :)

Karen D said...

Thanks for sharing your journey into nothingness this week. I also had a hard time fitting it in, but in the end I found it in nature, now If I can only remember to do it as often as I can will be the trick.

Beautiful Witch said...

Love your vision card and what a wonderful view (the lizards are pretty special too!)

Anonymous said...

You did not LOSE 1-1/2 hours this week. You GAINED it. There is a lot of forward momentum being achieved by doing nothing. Remember even the fastest ferrari needs to stop in the pits for gas or it will never win the race - much less finish. Keep up the good work doing nothing!

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