Joy Diet

Jamie Ridler is doing the Joy Diet by Martha Beck as a book club and I am joining in the reading.

I’ve been trying to implement 5 minutes of nothing into my quiet time for some time now. I get so antsy. But I felt I needed space where I was not thinking, reading or even praying. Just being. Listening.

Before I’ve even been able to handle the 5 minutes regularly, the book the Joy Diet, gave me a push to try 15 minutes. Martha Beck suggested different ways of doing nothing for 15 minutes.

doing nothing

So the first day I tried a walking meditation – I walked quietly in nature and felt refreshed. But, it didn’t feel like nothing. There was too much for me to notice.

The next day I experimented with a guided body relaxation meditation. I felt relaxed afterwards, but again it didn’t feel like nothing.

Tuesday I decided to really do nothing. I sat with a meditation timer. After 5 minutes I was completely antsy. My mind was all over the place. And I jerked awake a few times after almost falling asleep. I was not refreshed. I was agitated.

Wednesday I figured out what works for me. I did what I always do when my mind is racing. I wrote it out in my journal. Once my mind has calmed down I was able to do my 15 min of nothing peacefully.

Thursday I started with writing than did nothing till my phone rang . I ended up answering it and playing solitaire on my phone after the call. Lesson: turn off the phone, pick a time you are least likely to be disturbed and it’s very difficult to get back into doing nothing once you are interrupted.

Today I wrote for a few minutes in my journal then fell into my nothing. I ended up feeling comforted for something that happened a long time ago where I felt alone at the time. Then I felt a couple promptings of things to do. I don’t expect this to happen every time, but I certainly felt God’s presence during this time.

I am looking forward to doing nothing in the future.


Photograph by D Sharon Pruitt

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  • Sherry

    I just love how you kept trying and searching for a way (or ways) that would work for you. Brilliant!! Looking forward to discovering truth with you this week.

  • karen

    love how you found your way to nothingness, I especially liked the journaling first idea, what a great way to clear out some mind chatter.

  • Genie Sea

    I really love the way you worked through things until you found your groove. It’s a huge learning process for most of us and you are doing spectacularly! 🙂

  • Snap

    Good for you. Keep trying. Find what is best for you. We are all different … looking for NOTHING each listening to a different drummer! Sounds like you are well on your way.

  • becky nielsen

    I found myself experimenting through the week, too. And think the idea of doing physical exercise and or journaling before the nothing time would be really helpful to settling more easily.

    Quiet an accomplishment to go from 5 minutes to 15 – you seem to have found something that works well for you. Joy!

  • Valarie

    Congratulations on finding nothing. It’s so great the way you kept trying until you found what worked for you. Here’s to Truth. Take Care.

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