Many of us are overworked, we always have tight plans, even kids have a packed schedule.
We think that having a job and being busy makes us satisfied, but being constantly busy is one of the causes of our suffering due to stress and depression.
We force ourselves to work too much and force our children to do the same. That is not a civilized way of life. We must change this situation.
Lazy day is a day when we don’t have a schedule. We let this day unfold naturally, without limit. We can go walking meditation alone or with a friend, or meditate in the woods. We can peacefully read a few pages of a book or write a letter to family and friends.
Lazy day can also be a day for us to look more deeply at our practice, as well as to look back at our relationships with those around us. We can learn a lot from what we have been practicing and will practice. We know what to do and what not to do so that our practice is more harmonious. Sometimes, we push ourselves too much in our practice, causing discord within ourselves and around us. On the day of sloth, we have the opportunity to balance ourselves. We can realize very simple things like we need more rest or we should practice more diligently. Lazy day is a peaceful day for everyone.
Usually, when there is nothing to do, we are bored and tend to look for something to do or have fun with. We are so afraid to sit idle and do nothing. Lazy day is for us to train ourselves to be at ease when there is no work. Otherwise, we don’t dare to deal with our stress and depression. When we are bored, are looking for forms of entertainment to escape, fill the feelings of loneliness, worthlessness, but we are aware of and recognize these things, then the stress, depression in us has just begun to lighten, disappear. How we can reorganize our daily lives so that we have the opportunity to learn how to live peacefully, joyfully, and lovingly.
Almost every day, we have so much work to do for others and so many things we would love to do for ourselves. Lazy day is the day when we do nothing. We have to turn down the job. Because we have a habit of always doing something and that has become a bad habit. Lazy day is a serious measure to transform this habit.
On lazy days, we should try not to do anything. Just play. This is not simple. However, we can learn to be truly present. We think that doing nothing is wasting our time. But that’s not true. Time is, first of all, for us to be present: to live, to be at peace, to be joyful and to love. The world needs happy and loving people who are able to be present without doing anything.
If we know the art of living peacefully and firmly, we will have the basis to perform all actions. The foundation of every action is presence and the quality of presence determines the quality of the work. And ‘action’ must be based on ‘non-action’. We often say: “Do something, why sit there”. Now we have to say the opposite: “Don’t do anything, just sit there” so that we are really present, so that peace, understanding and love are present.
Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh