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The Importance Of Doing Nothing

The Importance Of Doing Nothing

The Importance Of Doing Nothing

It is so important to give ourselves time for solitude, reflection and inner contemplation. If you are running around with your head cut off, you will find that your body, mind and spirit rebels against you. You get sick or something happens that you are forced to take time to recover.

Why bring it upon yourself to be forced into such as situation?

Instead you can schedule a time to wind down and just “Be” instead of constantly “DO.”

“It is often said that force is no argument, That, however, entirely depends on what one wants to prove.” – Oscar Wilde

 

Do we notice how our thoughts influence our lives?

The importance of doing nothing is also reflected in the poem by

William Wordsworth: The World Is Too Much with Us (1807)
The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon,
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers,
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not.–Great God! I’d rather be

Do we notice how our thoughts influence our lives?

Below is a story about the importance of doing nothing and the importance of it.

Zen Master Sen No Rikyu was growing very old. He had been the head abbot of Shitennoji Monastery for a very long time and was ready to anoint a successor. Master Sen No Rikyu decreed that the monk who he felt was least lazy, would take over as head abbot of Shitennoji Monastery. Everyone knew that the real competition was only between Chin and Tara. They both had immense character, were flush with noble qualities and were favorite students of Master Sen No Rikyu. The competition was on.

Chin pondered hard as to how he would demonstrate his non-lazy character to Master Sen No Rikyu and finally came up with a huge list of items that needed to be done around the monastery grounds. There was much work to be done and, in accordance with the Zen teachings of physical labor, he would show Master Sen No Rikyu just how devoted to work he could be. Moreover, Chin knew that some of this work was very physical in nature and that Tara, being a lady of slight stature and build, would not be able to do it even if she decided to. Feeling confident in his plan, he set out to execute it.

Chin began rebuilding the temple roof which had begun to decay. Also, high up on the roof he knew he would be very visible to everyone in the grounds, especially Master Sen No Rikyu. As he toiled in the hot sun, he noticed Tara far away sitting by the river under a shaded tree. He smiled and mentally awarded himself a point. Early the next morning, Chin sprang out of bed and headed to the monastery kitchen, which he had decided to repaint. Along the way he noticed Tara, awake, but still in bed. “Thats 2 points for me,” he thought as his smile grew wider.

And so it went. Chin pounding away making the monastery the 8th wonder of the world and Tara strolling along the river, hanging out in bed, drinking tea with her friends and watching the clouds roll by. A week passed and then there was great excitement around the monastery. Master Sen No Rikyu had made his decision and all had been asked to convene in the newly built Great Meditation Hall.

“My most beloved students,” Master Sen No Rikyu began, “First, I would like to say that we are renaming the Great Meditation Hall to Chin Meditation Hall, to show our collective appreciation to young Master Chin for rebuilding it so finely and also, for all the hard work he has done around the monastery grounds.” After the Monks thanked Chin Master Sen No Rikyu continued, “Master Tara will take over as the head abbot.” All were pleased and applauded once more, except of course a confused Chin.

Later that day, Chin visited Master Sen No Rikyu and inquired about why he had selected Tara as the least lazy student. “Dearest Chin,” said Master Sen No Rikyu with a soft, compassionate smile, “In the past week she has not let a single thought, emotion or action of hers go unnoticed. She is equal to Shakyamuni Buddha himself in her awareness. I bow to her greatness.” Chin understood clearly and bowed as well in admiration and respect.

Author Anmol Mehta

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 - No one is coming to the rescue.
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