Are You Staring Into Space Lately? It’s a Thing
If staring into space doesn’t do it for you, how about gazing into a fire, or at leaves shimmering on the trees (they will come back, I promise), or at your cat’s fur, glossy in the sun (guilty), or at a loved one’s face (also guilty), or at a sunset, the ocean, or whatever moves you?
Turns out there is a name for that. Maybe you are familiar with the South Korean practice of meong?
I love this article in the Guardian about it.
What a great way to take the pressure off the idea of a daily “practice” relieve stress, enjoy nature, and prevent burnout.
Being still without the pressure of a focused meditation or goal orientation. We often have a negative connotation with daydreaming or doing nothing and this idea dispels that.
Some of my favorite times are sitting in front of a fire being mesmerized, or feeling my stress ease when I’m outside listening to the sounds of nature and letting my focus go a little soft. By allowing our attention and vision to wander, we can find inspiration and respite in both our inner and outer worlds.