Nothingness or Being Still, is the first item on the Joy Diet menu.
My Joy Diet book arrived two days ago giving me little time to read it, let alone practice the stillness techniques. And I will confess here and now that I'm relieved. I totally resist stillness.
Muting my outer world and allowing my inner sphere to come into focus is something I've always found disconcerting. I'm most comfortable when engaged in the energetics of movement, action, and git 'er doneness. I'm strongly Pitta that way. Being still feels like losing valuable time that I could be "getting something productive done" even though my higher self recognizes the value of a regular meditation practice. But there's my lower self happily running along, chirping about the need to be still and the ever elusive "someday" when I'll really really do it.
Interestingly, I have had unexpected moments of inner stillness in the quiet of my darkened massage room when my hands rhythmically work my client's tissue. I suddenly become in a trance-like state and notice I'm deeply still inside. I've often considered massage "meditation in motion".
I'd like to end this post with a declaration that I will practice 15 minutes of stillness daily during our Joy Diet adventure. But that wouldn't be honest.
For today I am willing to acknowledge the awareness of my resistance to stillness.