Why my single 2014 resolution is to do nothing (for at least 5 minutes).

Time and attention have always been precious commodities but in the 21st century they’re like a spring in the African desert. There are countless digital and real world people, activities, and ventures competing for our life experience. And just like the desert only the strongest and the cleverest of things will be able to use those resources to survive and thrive in our life.

Which is why it’s fascinating that at the beginning of every year we make a list of new things to add to our lives that compete for those limited resources.

What if you were given 5 rabbits to release into the wild? What would happen if you released the rabbits into an unknown patch of wilderness? Would they survive?

If the temperature was manageable.
If there was proper shelter.
If there was enough food and water.
If there were not too many predators.

But if those conditions did not exist, they probably wouldn’t last very long.

Would you take the risk of just dropping them off anywhere? Unless your a rabbit hater, the fear of sending these small creatures to certain demise would probably make you say no.

And if that’s the case then why don’t we take that same care every January with the hopes, wishes and dreams we want so much for our own life?

I suppose everyone has their own unique story but if I was a bettin’ man I’d wager it’s most likely a variant of not having enough time or focusing enough attention on what you want to do. I didn’t have a chance to do X today because of Y.

So what do we do? How do we make the shift to get more of what we want in our life?

I say nothing.

No really, nothing. For at least 5 minutes. Turn it all off. For real. No phone, no music, no TV, no kids (that’s a tough one), nothing.

Because if you can’t shift your focus, and clear your space for just 5 minutes, how are you going to make room for anything larger in your life?

I’ve been intermittently meditating for the past year and have seen and felt the benefits in my own life. The most significant being a new understanding of my time and attention.

Elevating my meditation from intermittent is the first step in my January clearing. Instead of making this a month of declaring what I am going to do I am instead focused on what I am ready to let go of in order to make more space for what I do.

It’s much harder than one would think. Letting go of things that take your time and attention is like cleaning your garage on steroids. But the first step is learning how to create a clear space for yourself everyday so that you can make decisions for a place of intention rather than a place of reaction.

I’ll be continuing to blog about my progress as the year goes on but for now I’ll leave you with a link to a great book on meditation, Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World. It’s a quick read (or listen as I got it from Audible) with a simple eight week plan. I wish I had read it last year when I was trying to find a way to get started.

So here’s to a year of clarity and release in order to make room for new adventures.

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