If nothing is an option, do that. But furlough the head. Do it with your whole heart, as if you had 90 seconds to live—alert, aware, not thinking. This is a profound and dynamic state. Laozi: “When nothing is done, nothing remains undone.”
Eastern wisdom teaches that we awaken in the depthless interval between two thoughts.
I was seated in my favourite armchair, practising the lion’s gaze, imagining the third eye, tongue suctioned to the roof of my mouth, and while all this was happening, Life tied my shoelaces together.
We are in the stillness, pared of extraneity, of fuss and elaboration, anticipation and regret, and a single tear, extravagantly weighted, rolls down our cheek. There we go.
The really important stuff isn’t taught in school because, well, school thinks it isn’t important. Not to lay blame, just to say: My most challenging clients, the hardest to work with, are intellectuals.