Anti-Anxiety Tool of the Week: Not Doing
It's simple--use one of the tools, then pause.
After you've stopped, relax. Notice any sensations you may have. Allow them to ripple gently through your body, or just be aware of them as they are.
This is a good sequel for almost all of the tools I've shared in these posts over the last year. In fact, it is probably the most important concept of all in the world of zapchen--doing, then not doing.
A pause allows body and soul to assimilate the new information and, hopefully, the new state of ease.
Zapchen creator Julie Henderson strongly encourages people to take a brief nap after doing a few zapchen exercises. At least lie down, or recline in a comfy chair and stop doing for a few minutes. Taking a rest after learning something new is almost always a good idea. Our brains are designed that way--it maximizes learning. But a simple pause can be helpful too.
This tool is similar to "A Space of Grace" in the 1st toolkit and "Take a Break" in Toolkit #5. Here's a link to the Index of all toolkits. And The Mini-Toolkit: For Those with Little or No Time.
My Shortest Poem.
To a Listening God
Until next time,
Sleeping baby, Mendy Revanus, unSplash
Girl, Jakayla Toney, unSplash