There are two kinds of work: necessary and unnecessary. Can I refrain from unnecessary work? Refrain comes from the Latin word for bridle. Can I refrain from unnecessary speech? It’s not so easy.
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.”
When men run out of space for their stuff, they rent or build storage facilities. In the squirrel world, this is called “scatter hoarding.”
A quiet mind is not an end in itself. It clears the stage.
“Who am I?”
“You are what you think about.”
“And if I don’t think about anything?”
“Then you’re a space for what happens.”