Why is it so hard to do nothing?

It is easy to read a book for an hour. It is difficult to sit down to write for an hour.

It is easy to listen to music for an hour. It is difficult to compose your own tune for an hour.

It is easy to watch a movie for an hour. It is difficult to create a short film for an hour.

An act most difficult is to do nothing – absolutely nothing – for an entire hour.

Our mind likes to be in a state of flow – one where it is in an ordered state. A book, a song or a movie is a creation where information is ordered in a manner that makes sense to us.

To consume somebody else’s creation – a book, a song or a movie – is to impose this order externally. Any creative act is to create this order internally – an act that is more difficult and more fulfilling than mere consumption.

It is difficult to meditate because we are forced to sit still and be with the chaos that resides within our own minds. To be with the chaos is more difficult than drown it out with internal or external order.

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