Authentic Living and Doing Nothing

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Entreprenurial Ponderings | One Comment
Liberation and Your Entrepreneurial Life

Life coach and wild-hearted adventurer, Martha Beck, says that we have a source of liberation right under our noses. Yet we resist claiming it as part of authentic living.  It has very old taboos associated with it.  Our bodies have long been without it and have all but forgotten how to get in sync with it.  I’m talking about unstructured, unscheduled time.  Sacred, virtuous idleness.  Time to ponder with space around the brain cells. This disengaging from the necessary press and business of our daily round is essential soul food.


When was the last time you engaged in sacred idleness?  Does it have a role to play in authentic living?  Do you consider it an essential ingredient for your entrepreneurial life?

“Empty time is a powerful medicine that can make us more joyful and resilient,
but it’s strangely hard to swallow. We yearn for a powerful source of liberation
that is right under our noses, and we’ll do almost anything to avoid it.”

Martha Beck

Several years ago I had a dream where I walked into an underground shopping area that sat beneath a huge marble meeting hall for spiritual gatherings.  In the first shop I visited, my eye was drawn to an exquisite piece of jewelry, a bracelet of gold, silver, and copper leaves, acorns, birds, and feathers.  It was wrapped oddly enough around a beautifully boxed vial of perfume.  I eased the bracelet aside so I could clearly read the name of the scent:  Liberation. How about that … right under my nose, so to speak (smile).

  • Mark an appointment with yourself on your calendar now to engage in some empty time in the next 7 days (today would be good).
    • Leave the phone, music, reading behind.
    • Relax in a comfortable chair, perhaps outdoors.
    • Be in stillness and quiet appreciation.
    • Let your mind wander and see where it goes.
    • Watch the clouds.  Listen to the birds.  Smell the flowers.
    • Notice what happens.  Whatever happens or doesn’t happen is perfect.

“Add just a few minutes of nothing to your daily schedule, and empty time will begin to work its magic. It will reconnect you with your core self, the source of pure joy you felt in your sweetest memories.”

Martha Beck

Until next time,

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1 Comment

  1. Karen
    June 13, 2013

    Thought provoking, Jana. I do studiously avoid empty time but really need it. I catch myself thinking that I can only have that time of ‘nothingness’ if I go to a spot like that in your picture. Need to work on this! Hugs, FHS Karen


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