The Do Nothing Project Live Broadcast

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” link with that day’s date. At 8pm sharp, an actual human will appear on screen, badly lit and usually beat-up after a weekend of toddler-care. This is your host, me. Or a less tired guest host.

The most recent broadcast of the Do Nothing Project, from November 20, 2022

After a few words of greeting, we guide a minimalist 25-minute meditation that you can feel free to 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.  

Explaining wisdom of Do Nothing

Why join us?

Good question. Of course I have no idea. I could go into a long 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.

Jeff

PS – If you want to receive email reminders every week about the next Do Nothing broadcast, you can subscribe to this list.

Also, here’s a recent Washington Post column on the Do Nothing Project, as well as an interview about the DNP from CBC Radio’s Now or Never.
 
If you enjoy the Do Nothing Project,  check out the Consciousness Explorers Club, a non-profit organization founded by Jeff and run by a team of volunteers. The CEC offers much free meditation programming  and aims to be a resource for community practice groups around the world. You can make a donation to the CEC here. And check out the Consciousness Explorers Podcast here.
“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

Being human takes practice.

Get short reflections on meditation, mind, and the baffle-wonder-challenge of somehow existing. Includes three videos on how to kick-start your meditation practice, and several badly-timed jokes.