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.”
Some Jungian analysts believe that the first 45 minutes after awakening are uniquely generative and creatively potent. The mind is still, savouring its experience of liminal space, and ego’s defence systems are down. The question “What’s next?” does not occur.
Contrary to cultural imperatives, our life task is not to get educated, make money, have kids and die discreetly. It is to find ourselves within ourselves. Non-stop doing is a morbid state. Gentlemen, turn off your engines.
“Only the necessary is good,” said the coal-eyed sage and seller of sundries. The mind salutes this statement with a split list of essentials and non-essentials. But that’s not what Nisargadatta was pointing to. His reference was to the necessity of a quiet mind.
In the later stages of my counselling career, I often became aware of a white aura around the head of the man I was working with. This usually happened when our talking slowed down, and we were just two men looking at each other