On Doing Nothing And Hating It

A little over a year ago, back when you could do such things, I found myself at a “mindfulness” session, hosted by a fitness startup and held at a retail location in Flatiron for an athleisure brand that would later end up acquiring the fitness startup. I went because I was reporting a feature on the startup and I thought going would add good color, and maybe I’d learn something. I don’t know much about being good at mindfulness or meditation. I’m not sure I’ve ever relaxed once in my life. I can’t be alone with my thoughts in complete silence. I walk around my apartment with an old episode of a podcast playing out of my iPhone speaker while I make tea, or I listen to an episode of Criminal Minds while I make revisions to a story, or, as I am doing right now, I relisten for the thousandth time to Dua Lipa’s 2020 album while writing.

I haven’t tried meditating in the surf of the ocean but it feels like a fairly COVID-safe outdoor activity so maybe that’s next. Photo by Simon Rae on Unsplash

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