When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking?That's a tough one. One person's "nothing" is another's deep thought.
Sometimes I sits and thinks, sometimes I just sits... I forget who said that, but I get the point of Andy's TEd question. I try to blank out for at least ten minutes every time I go for a walk. It's thera-petic.
As Professor James put it:
“We are stuffed with abstract conceptions, and glib with verbalities and verbosities; and in the culture of these higher functions the peculiar sources of joy connected with our simpler functions often dry up, and we grow stone-blind and insensible to life’s more elementary and general goods and joys.”
And that’s why he praised ”the happiness of both thinking of nothing and doing nothing.”
I’ll keep practicing.