Colleen Hannegan

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On Purpose & Pleasure of Doing...Nothing

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A very long nap...

A very long nap...

“Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold.  But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.”  ~Douglas Pagels, These Are the Gifts I’d Like to Give to You

I was overdue. It would be impossible to recall a day in the past decade so filled with doing nothing but resting; OK, more truthful would be to admit the amount of  hours I stayed buried under cover enjoying the “sheet and blanket show”, as my Dad used to call it. I laid down, I covered, I slept. I entered the kitchen at 9 a.m. after a good nights sleep; or was that really 8a.m.? I whipped up amazing cornmeal pancakes from scratch, added bacon, a fried egg, blueberries, REAL maple syrup, which required 6 different pots, pans, bowls and utensils, made yummy sounds as I (we) consumed, then back I went to sleep …for another two hours.

A very long nap~~

After delicious homemade meatloaf leftovers, an easy roll into the wilderness park on my mountain bike, a few moments contemplating nature and its beauty and wild sounds, I was back home 30 minutes later…yes; right back in bed ready for a nap, a long nap. All day I’d been listening to my body and ignoring my mind. Body said , “Do very little, in fact nothing would be fine with all of us parts in here!” Mind said, “Do STUFF, think STUFF, figure out STUFF, tackle STUFF, remember your appointments!!”

Body won. Big time. And you know what it allowed? I felt special, spoiled, rich, happy, lazy, unfettered, unworried, giddy, silly, sensual, hungry (and oh every little thing I ate today was made with such happy love), expansive, smart, strong, open, able, surprisable, anointed, favored, healthy, warm and juicy, flexible, soft, easy (it has it’s up side!), and very much in charge of absolutely nothing.

“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”  ~Pooh’s Little Instruction Book, inspired by A.A. Milne

Was it a chain of events, projects, worksssss in progress, the planetary alignments this week, retrogrades, clock time changes, business workings, fiscal responsibilities, life changes and a few other varied and assorted brain work that forced a full day of unplugging and reclining?

I don’t know. But Pooh must have had just such a day and figured out HOW to listen in, to all we cannot hear.

By  just going along…………………and doing nothing.