Part of the problem is my inability to just be somewhere and be with the moment. Even when given the opportunity to enjoy the tranquility, my mind won’t stop it’s
ruminating, or I find ways to feel guilty for doing nothing, or I find myself unable to get past my own self-consciousness (yes, even when I’m alone in a forest or on a deserted beach) to where I can simply sit and enjoy life in that moment. It’s unfortunate.
Since I don’t like to go places by myself (or with other people, sometimes), I don’t have the opportunity to get out and enjoy the great outdoors as much as I would like to. But our connection to nature is so essential. As is our need for “down time” so that we can regenerate.
Enter modern technology. Yes, indeed, we can enjoy the sounds and sights of nature and the calm of doing nothing right from the comfort of our office or living room or anywhere else we may choose to carry our laptops. I have discovered two web sites that help us do just that.
The first site is Do Nothing for 2 Minutes, where you can look at an ocean scene and listen to the sound of waves. A timer counts down two minutes during which time you are to… well, do nothing.
The second site, calm.com, is a bit more complex, with your choice of settings and sounds, with or without accompanying new-agey music (think “Deuter”), and with or without a male voice that sounds like a jazz radio station disc jockey to guide you through the experience.
So the next time you need a mini break from whatever it is that you need a break from, check out these web sites and see if you can actually allow yourself to “do nothing.” It may be harder than you think. And it may be more relaxing than you think.
For now, I’m off to visit a virtual waterfall from the comfort of my couch. I hope my shoes don’t get muddy.