On Sundays and Wednesdays, 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 … not much. Together.
How does it work? Every Sunday at 8pm EST, or Wednesday at 12:30pm EST, go to my YouTube channel, and click on the blue “Do Nothing Project with Jeff Warren” livestream link with that day’s date. It will take you to a new webpage, with a chat area on the right. If you like, you can go to the page a bit early and type in hello. Or not. At 8pm (or 12:30pm) sharp, the screen will suddenly animate with an actual human, badly lit and a bit dishevelled. That’s me, your host
The most recent broadcast of the Do Nothing Project, from July 1, 2020
At this point I will say some words of greeting, and then I will guide a highly-minimalist 25-minute meditation that you can feel free to completely ignore. The time can be used to meditate, or doodle, or to stare vacantly into space while repeating to yourself: ‘the humanity, the humanity.’
The whole thing has a nice community feel, with people from around the world all 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 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 change as I travel around. 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 imbalance 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?
If you have a few minutes to spare, here is an interview I did on CBC’s Now or Never show all about the Do Nothing Project.
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 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