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Discussion on: Are you feeling like your time is SO precious ?

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endan • Edited on

Think of it like this.

Being aware that you're doing nothing

is different than being

unaware you're doing nothing,

If you're purposely doing nothing then you're doing something. You're doing nothing.

But if you're doing nothing and you don't know (unaware) you're doing nothing, then you're wasting your time.

One solid example is meditation. Meditation is doing nothing. Meditation is watching your thoughts come and go and not hold on to them. Without attachment, bias, and prejudice. You come to understand that you are not your thoughts. That your thoughts are just.. well... thoughts.

If you are happy doing nothing, then by all means, do nothing (and be happy).

But if you are watching TV, starting at the four-cornered rectangular mindlessly, and eating whatever thing and simultaneously thinking of something else, then your mind is focusing on nowhere. I think this is the dangerous/unaware type of doing nothing.

I'm speaking as a Buddhist practitioner here. If you are interested in this, just search mindfulness.

TL;DR: Mindfully doing nothing is different from mindlessly doing nothing.

Cheers~ I hope this helps.

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Valentin Silvestre Author

Thanks ! Pretty instructive :)

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I agree with this, but I also think that watching TV, and eating snacks could also be another way of relaxing. Binge-watching can get to be too much if you don't know how to control it, but if you know how to pace yourself, thats another option for relaxation.