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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 58 excerpt)

November 26, 2022

Story 58 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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I don't do fun. I shun hysteria. I never understood the causal relationship between indulging in a fun activity and happiness. Having the bejesus scared out of me on a roller-coaster is not, in and of itself (as we used to insert into arguments in Philosophy 101), fun. It is terrifying. The fun can only arise, if at all, when the ride is...

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
3 minutes 36 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 57 excerpt)

November 23, 2022

Story 57 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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One parent-teacher evening, a parent caught me alone at my desk and asked to see me for a few minutes. She seemed upset over some perceived injustice or oversight. She started in on me before she had sat down.

“My Eliza in your grade 6 geography class received a failing grade on her last test. She had studied very hard for that test. She is very upset with the mark she got...

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
3 minutes 17 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 56 excerpt)

November 19, 2022

Story 56 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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I meditate mostly in my room, but I always meditate in silence. I remain still. Stillness is both a vehicle to silence and a byproduct of the same. Ajahn Chah referred to doing nondoing as a still forest pond. Stillness is also the antonym of distraction, whereas the conditioned mind is the epitome of distraction, filled as it is with well-trodden paths of judgment, impatience, craving, anger, and confusion. The myriad negative mind states prevent a banana from being seen as simply a banana.

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
4 minutes 29 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 55 excerpt)

November 16, 2022

Story 55 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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On the way to Eungam Station in Seoul lived a tailor and his wife. He did simple alterations to pants and jackets. His wife did the measuring and the pinning. They had two large dry-cleaning machines, also her responsibility, as was the folding. He however did all the pressing. They both worked slowly. This being my favorite speed, I could relate. They took great care. They wore slippers because they lived upstairs. I always wanted a job in which...

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
2 minutes 38 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 54 excerpt)

November 12, 2022

Story 54 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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When I was young, I would spend a few weeks of my summer holiday at my grandmother’s in Toronto. She lived by herself in a small apartment in the downtown. She had no television. She had no games or toys. There were no books at my age level, let alone comics. I loved it. My mother would catch up with Grandma. I was left to fend for myself. I was totally free, unprogrammed, unentrapped. I counted cars. I ran the streets.

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
3 minutes 49 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 53 excerpt)

November 09, 2022

Story 53 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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Many years ago, I attended a performance of Aida. This was a full production and the director wanted to impress. In the opening scene, he featured a live elephant. The audience seemed to anticipate the arrival of the elephant more than the two hours of Verdi that would follow the pachyderm's entrance. As the curtain parted, there stood the elephant as right as rain, center stage. The woman seated beside me, unable to contain herself, shouted,...

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
3 minutes 32 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 52 excerpt)

November 05, 2022

Story 52 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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Life naturally simplifies. The many miracles of small things sidetrack the singular quest for ever greater success and accomplishments. Life loses its Photoshop luster when you simply live it. The little voices in your head or your gut may tell you to go right or left, here or there as they are conditioned. These are not usually the voices of wisdom but of...

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
2 minutes 10 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 51 excerpt)

November 02, 2022

Story 51 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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Even the daily grind can be seen anew. Marcus Aurelius said it best: “Early in the morning I am rising to do the work of a human being.” It matters not a jot how you spend your days, but each one bears the possibility of doing the work of a human being.

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
2 minutes 41 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 49 excerpt)

October 30, 2022

Story 49 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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Doing non-doing, allowing the suffocating angst in, though insisting it must sit in the corner and not suck out all the oxygen in the room, opens up a new way of seeing and experiencing daily life. It is as if you had been suffering from severe cataracts before and now your vision is unimpaired. The clouds have dissipated. The familiar takes on subtle hues and an unfamiliar clarity, leading one to marvel in the contradiction that while everything is the same, everything is different....

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
3 minutes 56 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 50 excerpt)

October 29, 2022

Story 50 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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I run almost every day. I don't push myself. I enjoy the sights and especially the smells as I run. I don't wear my glasses for that reason; my astigmatism enhances my sense of smell. I like the mustiness of mud thawing in the early spring and the tang of last night's rain as it evaporates in the first rays of the sun. Running is a kind of physical meditation. I am hyperaware of my breathing and every tweak and twitch in my body. I feel the sensations in my footfall. Like my daily meditation practice,...

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
3 minutes 23 seconds

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