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Life is filled with many demands and expectations. And occasionally, it’s nice not to have anything required of us. Doing nothing is sometimes the best thing we can do for our souls.

After a long day of work and dealing with the stresses of life and relationships, it is deeply satisfying to have a moment or two to do absolutely nothing.

Maybe we let our minds wonder in no particular direction or simply detach from the opinions and concerns of others.

We might gaze out the window or take a walk – not to think or accomplish a certain task per se, but to simply be and enjoy the gifts of silence, solitude, and stillness.

There is much peace and joy in releasing all the pent up tension and demands of life – basking, even if just for a moment, in the ecstasy of nothingness.

Intentionally doing nothing is not lazy. In fact, it is a good way to care for our souls.

Our souls are deep and complex and need adequate breathing room in order to thrive.

We suffocate when we burden our souls with constant demands and feed it with an endless stream of distractions.

Doing nothing allows time for our souls to breathe.

This may make room for new thoughts to emerge or for feelings previously overlooked to rise to the surface.

But, to be sure, the point of doing nothing is not to gain insight or inspiration. It’s great when this happens, but the point of doing nothing is not to accomplish tasks, however lofty.

All the same, creating space for our souls to breathe allows us to rest and be revitalized – a benefit for us, and those we are in relationship with.

Learn to care for your soul by adopting an intentional practice of occasionally doing nothing.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024


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