Loitering in the Moment

April 8, 2024 by Charlie Hedges − 2 Comments

Loitering laws prohibit lingering in a public area without a purpose.” From some legal document somewhere

Once on a podcast, my friend Terry Hershey suggested an antidote to our hectic and demanding days is to spend a bit of time “Loitering in the Moment.” No agenda or objectives; no one with demands on our time; no to-do lists; no place we “have to be.” In other words, “No purpose other than to just loiter.”

Monkey Minds

Like the old saying, “Wherever you are, be all there.” It sounds heavenly but in truth it is one of the most difficult assignments we can adopt, especially for those of us with monkey-minds continually swinging from one idea to another like monkeys in trees.

I’ve been meditating for 20 minutes in the morning for a several years now. Yikes. It is still sooo hard to quiet my busy brain. I am much better than I was, but not without applying every tool and technique I have learned or devised.

Loitering Requires the Gift of Pondering

Part of my problem is that I love to think. Yea. Just sit and ponder an idea or “new notion.” That is, until that new notion becomes yet another new notion and then another and another. Monkey-mind takes over my pleasant time of reflection eventually resulting in some desire to do something, go somewhere, or buy some new toy (or clothing).

In my life I have not been very good at loitering. But I am getting better at it, especially as I grow older. That’s when personal energies move from productivity to observation, and from observation to rational thought, and finally from rational thought to essential non-rational pondering. And then, when the non-rational becomes the norm, I float into the Netherlands of Peace.

Reversing the Curse

Unfortunately, the opposite option still reigns much of the time. Too often I am cursed, feeling as if I am wasting my time when “loitering.” Like I should be doing something—even if it’s of no importance. Decades of personal experience draw me to old habits.

So, what do I do? Hell, I have no idea because, truthfully, I should just be doing “nuthin.”

Loiter in the Moment

To Discover that Nothing Means Something 

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2 thoughts on “Loitering in the Moment”

    1. Thank you. I am doing a podcast with Terry this Thur on this topic. Should be fun. It will go live in 2-3 weeks. I really appreciate your support!

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