Failed. 3x. Pathetic. Zen-Man-Do, Where-Are-You?

Long day.  Very long day.  I needed this.  While my fingers are tapping the mouse (time to go, time to move on, time to go, batta bing, batta bang, go, go, go, GO, GO), I’m thinking Tom Ross.  He could do it.  10 minutes without interruption.  I was thinking Mimi. She’s chanting Peace. Gentle. Calm. Peace. Gentle. Calm. She’s smiling.  She’s framing wonderfully crafted sentences readying herself to drop a comment.  Anake’s mind is whirring as he’s watching the waves lap the shoreline. Lori is off in New Zealand while she’s petting her dogs on her ride.  Francine’s saying a prayer and staring at the beauty wondering how they captured the shot. Stephen is mentally replaying his cross-country run – this is kid’s play for the Ironman. Keith is chanting his Sutras and Suttas.  Ivon has drifted away to the Canadian Rockies. Laurie willed herself to get through.  Sandy is mentally drawing and could have run this for 15 minutes. Indira has moved to another peaceful planet.  I bet even Michael Brown can manage to get this done.  (No offense Michael.)

And me?  I’m banging the mouse on my head.

Go ahead.

Hit this link.

Tell me how you did.


Source: utspiro

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  1. I managed fine, but I would have been happier without the clock. Usually when you see a clock on a screen, it’s there to impell you to work faster (i.e. Scrabble, Sudoku, etc.). Perhaps the conflicting messages were what sunk you; work faster at nothing.

    Also (and this is just silly), I kept thinking, “The horizon is tilted. I should snap a grid on it and check.”

    It’s much easier to zone out for 2 min while running…

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  2. I realized 2 min. Is a long time. I actually felt uncomfortable.

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  3. Oh just can’t do this one David….way too much to do at this time of day, or night depending what side of the world you are on. Nice try though, but I guess I failed also.

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  4. You were right. I could not stop lookng at the sun setting on the horizon and I felt the waves wash over me giving me a sense of peace and calm. I listened pass the two minutes until the sound stopped. Thanks for sharing.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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  5. I lasted 45 seconds, but only because I had your ‘voice’ in my head with the challenge – willing myself to do it. Had I found this on my own, I’d last about, 20 most likely. 🙂

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  6. Martin Robertson says:

    Life’s With You
    ____________

    Do nothing? Do not misconstrue!
    Living life? That’s what we all do!
    Oceanic engagement? No more significant view!
    Proper convergence? We all are relying on you!

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  7. No offence taken, David! You’re right, I did manage it, but only because I took it as a personal challenge from you. And because I kind of cheated: just got into my hotel room after a 10 hour flight from London, and I had a bowl of pasta on the go (whilst doing my emails). So it was easy to click it and sit back and chew/take some swigs of beer, which I would otherwise have done staring at my Inbox. So you made the pasta more enjoyable and I got an ill-earnt sense of pride from having risen to your challenge! And you saved my keyboard from a heap of breadcrumbs, probably aided my digestion too.

    Thank you very much, and good night!

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  8. Sorry to disappoint you dear, I’m on this planet only. I was attending my sick mother and away from computer. Thanks, at least someone remembers me.

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  9. I had to go to the bathroom …so I failed the first time. It was all the ‘peace gentle calm’…I wish I was like that by nature, but I worry about too much. 😉

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  10. It’s realy tough, I was hearing the sound but can’t keep my mind at it, itching to tweet , but bringing back my mind to the sound. Once you make your mind not to do something and you will die to do that.

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  11. Lasted 28 seconds first try…32 seconds on second try cause I could not hear anything. Listened all the way on third try only cause I did not want to lose!

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  12. Lasted the full length, easy. Next time though I’ll try it without Tim Buckley in the background [had no idea what the link was and ol Tim was already singing!… which is a happy coincidence actually because it could have been Ministry. Imagine that in the background along with the calming sound of waves HaHaHa!!!!] 😆 Calm.com, bookmarked!

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  13. LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing! Took it as a time to do affirmations while seeing/hearing one of my favorite scenes in nature.:)

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  14. Sorry to say I failed miserably. Didn’t hear anything, just sat there staring at that damn clock, which seemed to add back 2 seconds for every one that dropped off. :-/. I think I need to revisit the idea of meditation, but in the interim I’m gonna hit the Ladder and burn off some of this nervous energy….

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  15. LOL .. you nailed it. I can do this, I can do this, I can do this! Kind of sad that doing nothing for two minutes is so darn hard!

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  16. I lasted about 7.5 seconds…I’ll go back later…maybe…if I have time… 🙂

    – J.

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  17. Reblogged this on LifeRevelation and commented:
    I’m reblogging this, not because I am mentioned in the article (thanks David) but because I want to encouraged you to click on “Hit this link.” Trust me…it is well worth it.

    Be encouraged!

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  18. David, my friend, thank you for the post, it was just what I needed. Oh no Sutra or Sutta chanting used, just calm deep breathes.

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  19. Reblogged this on Keith the Green's Blog and commented:
    David offers us some great advice here. When your feeling stressed just try this.

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  20. lovely , thank you 🙂

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  21. Thanks for the vote of confidence, Dave. 🙂 After that lovely 2-minute break, I also tried the 2-minute and 10-minute guided relaxation sessions. Wonderful website.

    It (sitting and doing “nothing” as the clock counted down) might not have been so comfortable a few months ago — before I began doing this kind of exercise fairly regularly. I was pretty antsy when a first started. Three minutes of the CalmBeat exercise on the Amen Clinic website seemed like f-o-r-e-v-e-r. When I’m outside, walking along the shore, it’s completely different. There it’s easy for me to relax, to settle, but at home, surrounded by things to do and others needing my attention, I find it much more difficult to stop, take a break. Thanks for sharing the site. Calm.com’s on my toolbar now.

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