On Sunday night, people from around the world join me for a live meditation and hang out. Or they watch it later. It’s fun (ish). It’s community. Nothing really happens. Here I describe the project.
What is the Do Nothing Project all about?
The world is filled with so many interesting things! People doing stuff, going places, making things happen. It’s all very exciting.
This is not about any of that.
Welcome to The Do Nothing Project. An experiment in … well, not much. Together.
How does it work? Every Sunday night at 8pm EST, go to my YouTube channel, and click on the latest Do Nothing Project live stream.
We are live!
The most recent broadcast of the Do Nothing Project, from February 16, 2020
At this point I say some words of greeting to those typing hellos in the live chat area, and then I’ll guide a 25-minute meditation. After I may answer a question, and / or engage in a short discussion on some permutation of mind, meditation, and practice. The whole thing has a nice community feel, as people from around the world, in different time zones, all meditate together. If you miss a broadcast (like maybe you have a “job”), it will be archived on the same YouTube page, so you can meditate to it / watch it / be bored by it later, on your own timeline.
Of course one could argue that the moment we implement a meditation technique we are in fact doing something, but let’s not quibble. We are after directionally more of nothing than our previous moments of something.
The background scenery may occasionally change, as I travel and sit both alone and with different populations. Whatever the case and wherever the heck I am, I, Jeff Warren – a man of very little consequence – commit to doing absolutely nothing with you and for you. At least, until the next mood disorder tosses me into the mental health gutter.
Why join me?
Good question. Of course I have no idea. I could go into a pretentious rant about the unconscious violence of our over-caffeinated workaholic culture (for which I am Exhibit A), but really, who has time for it?
Let’s just say: because it will be a training in equanimity. Because every episode will be a surprise. Because it’s good to sit in community – near and far – and do mostly nothing. Together.
Much affection to all my friends. Hope to see some of you Sunday evening.
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“A certain amount of ordinary laziness would lend our culture the pleasant mellowness which it singularly lacks.” – Alan Watts
“Zazen [meditation] is good for nothing” – Kodo Sawaki Roshi