The Art of Non-Doing 

“Non-doing has nothing to do with being indolent or passive. Quite the contrary. It takes great courage and energy to cultivate non-doing, both in stillness and in activity. Nor is it easy to make a special time for non-doing and to keep at it in the face of everything in our lives which needs to be done.”

Jon Kabat Zinn

We live in a fast-paced world where productivity and busyness are highly valued. We’re often told that we need to constantly be doing something in order to be successful and achieve our goals. However, there’s a growing movement that encourages us to embrace the art of non-doing – the practice of intentionally slowing down, taking a break, and simply being present in the moment. Here’s why the art of non-doing is important and how you can incorporate it into your life.

Why Non-Doing is Important

Reduces Stress

When we’re constantly on the go, we can easily become overwhelmed and stressed. Taking time to slow down and simply be present can help to reduce stress levels and promote relaxation.

Improves Creativity

When we’re constantly focused on productivity and achieving our goals, we can become stuck in a rut and struggle with creative thinking. Taking a break and engaging in non-doing activities can help to stimulate the imagination and promote creative thinking.

Increases Mindfulness

Engaging in non-doing activities can help us to be more mindful and present in the moment. When we’re not focused on achieving something or being productive, we can fully engage with our surroundings and appreciate the small moments in life.

Promotes Physical Health

Engaging in non-doing activities can also promote physical health. Taking a break from work and engaging in restorative practices such as meditation, yoga, or simply taking a walk can help to improve our overall health and well-being.

How to Incorporate Non-Doing into Your Life

Schedule Non-Doing Time

One way to incorporate non-doing into your life is to schedule it into your calendar. Block off time in your schedule for activities such as meditation, yoga, or simply sitting and enjoying a cup of tea.


Another way to engage in non-doing is to disconnect from technology and social media. Take a break from your phone and computer and engage in activities that allow you to be present in the moment, such as spending time in nature or reading a book.

Embrace Boredom

We often associate boredom with negativity, but it can actually be a great opportunity to engage in non-doing activities. Instead of filling every moment with stimulation, allow yourself to be bored and see what creative thoughts and ideas arise.

Practice Mindfulness

Engage in activities that promote mindfulness, such as meditation, deep breathing, or yoga. These activities can help you to be more present in the moment and embrace the art of non-doing.

Final Thoughts

The art of non-doing is an important practice that can help us to reduce stress, improve creativity, increase mindfulness, and promote physical health. By scheduling non-doing time, disconnecting from technology, embracing boredom, and practicing mindfulness, we can incorporate the art of non-doing into our lives and enjoy the benefits of slowing down and simply being present in the moment.

Contact me

If you’re finding it difficult to cope with stress and anxiety, and are having trouble slowing down, I’m here to help. I’m Dr. Christine Dickson, a clinical psychologist, and I invite you to schedule an appointment with me. You can easily get in touch through my website.

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