On Sundays, people from around the world come together for a live meditation and hang out. Or they watch it later. It’s fun (ish). It’s community. Nothing really happens.
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 … not much. Together.
How does it work? Every Sunday at 8pm EST, go to my YouTube channel, and click on the blue “Do Nothing Project with Jeff Warren” livestream link with that day’s date. At 8pm sharp, the screen will animate with an actual human, badly lit and occasionally dishevelled. That human will usually be me, your host. Sometimes, the host will be a guest guide, part of the DNP’s mission to democratize mental health by empowering other voices.
The most recent broadcast of the Do Nothing Project, from January 16, 2022
At this point, your host will say some words of greeting, and then they will guide a minimalist 25-minute meditation that you can feel free to totally ignore. The time can be used to meditate, or doodle, or to stare vacantly into space while repeating ‘the humanity, the humanity.’
The whole thing has a nice community feel, with people from around the world accomplishing nothing together. If you miss a broadcast (like maybe you have a “job”), it will be archived on my YouTube channel, so you can watch it later, on your own timeline.
Of course, one could argue 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.
Why join us?
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 this: 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 you soon.
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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
“What I like doing best is Nothing.” “How do you do Nothing,” asked Pooh after he had wondered for a long time. “Well, it’s when people call out at you just as you’re going off to do it, ‘What are you going to do, Christopher Robin?’ and you say, ‘Oh, Nothing,’ and then you go and do it. It means just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh