“Where are we going?” said Pooh, hurrying after him, and wondering whether it was to be an Explore or a What-shall-I-do-about-you-know-what.
“Nowhere,” said Christopher Robin. “What I like doing best is Nothing.”
“How do you do Nothing?” asked Pooh, after he had wondered for a long time.
“Well, it’s when people call out at you just as you’re going off to do it, What are you going to do, Christopher Robin, and you say, Oh, nothing, and then you go and do it.”
“Oh, I see,” said Pooh.
“This is a nothing sort of thing that we’re doing now.”
“Oh, I see,” said Pooh again.
“It means just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”
The above excerpt is taken from a clever little book which draws life lessons from the story of Pooh. I just thought of this because I was out taking a walk a bit ago, and I was half way through the walk when I realized I wasn’t even enjoying the beautiful sunshine or truly noticing anything around me.
You see, I was on a mission. Get my exercise, think about this and that, prepare myself for the day, release this thing to God, check my list off…….
I realized however that I was missing the very thing that would most support my day, my thinking about this and that, and releasing this thing to God! By taking time to do “nothing” I would be able to prepare my mind for the rest of my day. By making space to “notice” the beauty around me I would be able to prepare my heart to release “this thing” to God.
It just all seemed silly to me at the moment I realized this. Here I was flying around my neighborhood and missing my “neighborhood”! Missing the gifts along the way.
What I really think Creator was wanting to share with me this morning was about this “Nothingness”. I realized that I could still get my heart rate up and be in the space of allowing if I wanted to. Or perhaps more important than my heart “rate” today was my heart “state.”
I’ve been working on cultivating going Nowhere and doing Nothing like Christopher and Pooh. I’m finding when I really get into the spirit of this that my world very quickly morphs into a beautiful spacious mellow peacefulness….and this can happen in moments, literally.
And it’s not like I become this blob on my couch—more like I become one with my surroundings outside and inside. Just taking a few moments to still myself, perhaps to sit still, to breathe and to just “be” with life, ushers me into this place of heightened awareness to what seems to really matter.
My holiday season so far as been very full. Not frantic, just steady. And I am proactively pursuing Nothing and Nowhere.
I have this nice big comfy chair with an ottoman in front of it. I have been choosing to just sit in it for a few minutes during the day or in the evening. With no agenda, nothing to do, I just sit and still myself. Sometimes my boys pass by and are like, “What are you doing Mom?” Ha!
I have a friend that loves her cup of tea and quiet moments in her chair too. What is it for you? What Nothingness can you engage? What will still and quiet you? Perhaps it’s movement like my walk, just movement with awareness, with consciousness. Perhaps it’s a hot bath, sitting quietly with someone you love, looking at Christmas lights, or listening to Andrea Bocelli.
My pets really seem to have this down. My dog goes out into the backyard to go Nowhere…..but somehow he has a knowing about it. He will wander around the yard for a long time, sniffing, staring off into space, sitting, and checking out plants and bugs. He has plans to do Nothing and yet he is doing something wonderful. He is living each moment for what it is right before him. I want to be more like that.
I hope for you, in this holiday season, that you will enjoy cultivating Nothingness.
Perhaps you can even start this during the holidays and carry it on with you into 2012.
What if doing Nothing was really the most important Something?
Well friends, I’ll be thinking about you as we head into Christmas! May God’s Light shine down upon you!