“Sit in meditation for twenty minutes a day. Unless you are too busy – in which case you should sit for an hour.” – Zen proverb
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, doing nothing. Together.
How does it work? Simple: every Monday at 8am EST, go to my YouTube channel* (which currently contains almost nothing and thus is compatible with my years of assiduous brand consultation), and wait for a new window to magically appear at the top of the page. That’s me, badly lit and fumbling ineptly with the technology.
We are live!
At this point I will say some words of greeting, and then I will guide a 30-minute meditation, where we’ll practice doing nothing together, in a drooly eyes-closed or maybe half-lidded way. Yes, 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.
In subsequent broadcasts, anyone can send me a question ahead of time via the contact form on my website, and I’ll try to answer it live. The background scenery may change from week to week, as I travel around. Sometimes I may have guests. 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 stunningly bored by it later, on your own timeline.
Wherever the heck I am, I, Jeff Warren – a man of very little consequence – commit, heartily, to doing absolutely nothing with you, and for you. At least, until the next mood disorder tosses me into the mental health gutter.
You can find the next date of The Do Nothing broadcast here.
Why join me?
Good question! Of course I have no idea. To ruin you for useful work forever? No that isn’t quite right. I could go into a pretentious rant here 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 fun(ish). 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 bright and early Monday morning.
*PS – To follow all broadcasts, hit the red “Subscribe” button at the top of the YouTube page. You can set the notifications in settings so you receive an email the moment I go live.