The Art of Doing Nothing

Each morning, well…MOST mornings…I sit and write my intentions for the day:  

I intend to feel; I intend and get to do; I intend to let God, the Universe,the Angels, Life take care of….

It is remarkably helpful in keeping me anchored in each moment. I’m able, throughout my day, to pull myself away from the dark clouds of discouragement, frustration, annoyance, hurt…by tapping into what I wrote that morning.

Curiously…even though I’m a HUGE proponent of Relax and Renew® as a daily choice (5, 10, 20 minutes of a restorative pose is a loving gift to yourself), it is rare that I write my intention to do nothing for 10 minutes that day, to breathe and be.


My friend Barbara shared an interesting article about how and why ants are so productive.  You can read it here.

Turns out that ants follow a 70/30 rule: 30% of the ants do 70% of the work at any given time.  The others are resting.


Share the work.  Share the rest.  Share the accomplishment.  Share the joy!

The art of doing nothing eludes me most days.

But I have a new intention: Schedule 5/10/20 minutes of ONE restorative pose daily.

Writing these words sends me into a panic! And then I remind myself that it all counts.  Every effort I make moves me in the direction of…and therefore, helps me on my journey.

And telling myself, “I have all the time in the world” reframes my outlook. And the anxiety abates. I breathe more deeply.

I recognize that part of me justifies this, “Doing nothing” as a way to accomplish more (The ants are very industrious.).

And I’d like to grow through and out of this mindset of  “It’s ok to do nothing for 15 minutes because I’m doing it so that I’m able to increase my capacity to accomplish more on the other end.”

I’d like (I intend) to be able to do nothing just for the sake of breathing and being. 

With no ulterior motive.

After all, I promote the art of doing nothing in my Relax and Renew® restorative yoga classes. Time to put my money where my mouth is; to do what I believe is good for all of us.

Time to practice the art of doing nothing.

Care to join me?

I’d love your company on this journey to breathe and be.



p.s.  You can experience the JOY of the art of doing nothing with me every Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at Tranquil Soul Yoga and Wellness Studio in Frankfort Illinois.

p.p.s.  My 16th annual Om for the Holidays takes a restorative turn this year.  We’ll practice the art of doing nothing in a Relax and Renew® restorative practice accompanied by my friend Bill on the gong.  3-4:30 p.m. on Sunday December 16 at Tranquil Soul Studio.  Space is very limited.  Register TODAY!