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This book was a huge disappointment. It sounded so great, but in reality it is just pumped up with a bunch of unnecessary information that only makes one nervous and confused. It makes no specific point, just goes on from one topic to the next from bird watching to who knows what. It landed in my garbage can. Very sad.
Zen master Dogen - perhaps "doing nothing's" greatest champion - once said that to study Zen is to study the self; to study the self is to forget the self; to forget the self is to become one with the ten thousand thing." Ms. Odell seems incapable of the second directive. So much of "doing nothing", of real retreat, is characterized not by a separation of ourselves from the red dust of the world but rather from our own mental patterning. While Ms' Odell's book has some very interesting and helpful passages on physical removal, the vast majority of its pages suffers from interminable leftist screeds and neo-Marxist platitudes that Odell seems incapable or unwilling to put down. She is able to drop her phone, but not the ideas that keep her equally enthralled. Doing nothing, for Odell, seems little more than a way to rally the one's mental energies so as to mount a quixotic challenge against the patriarchy and all of the oppressive "isms" that are keeping us from our post capitalistic utopia.
For those truly interesting in learning how to do nothing, learn to pray, find a meditation teacher, or take a walk in the woods. Either will leave you recharged, open to new ideas, and feeling timeless and free. Sadly, Ms. Odell's book will leave you more tightly bound to the tyranny of our divisive age. The real practice of doing nothing is that of forgetting. It gives us the space to remember who we were before we knew.
Disappointed I thought this book will help me learn how to do nothing it is a philosophical book trying to explain why doing nothing is good for you Most people already know that I know that I do not know how to do it Do not waste your time and money if you want to learn how to do nothing this book do not teach that
doing nothing is not a philosophy. it is a list of practical decisions. I have prepared such a list which suits my needs. every person has different needs so his list maybe a bit different.
1. having a cup of coffee without reading a newspaper and without talking on the phone. 2. stop cleaning your house. just sweep the dust. 3. when taking a shower - skip the soap. 4. stop watching news on tv. 5. stop watching tv altogether. 6. get rid of all newspapers. 7. dont have kids. 8. dont have pets. 9. if you eat sandwiches all the time - no need to wash the dishes.
this book has plenty of philosophy - but is very short on practicalities.
The first line of this book is about how distraught the author was after trump was elected. How can you take someone for a serious academic when they are clearly so fragile and clueless? Trump is a puppet and only simpletons allow him to dictate their lives
This book doesn't need an editor. It needs a surgeon. The title doesn't fit the contents. The critics' reviews don't line up with the amazon reviews. (Hint: the latter are more fair and accurate. The critics should feel very bad about their praise.) The research is as carefully chosen and woven in as you would expect from an undergraduate paper. I'm not a fan of new age hokum. No, "non-sentient" things like rocks and mountains are, in fact, not alive. The author is hopeful in her attempt to pass off navel gazing as philosophy. This book inspired me to go to the library and renew my card. I am never again paying for a book that makes me feel stupider for having read it. Look, I like collages and getting lost in my travels when there are interesting things along the way. But this book is just an exercise in unintended irony, a book about attention that can't focus on its topic. There is no humor, wisdom, insights, or anything redeeming in the author's tangents. There is a crushingly long section on why you shouldn't start or join a commune. Because in this era, we are all clamoring for communes. Capitalism, which brings you this book in the first place, is all bad. Enjoying the lack of organization in my review? Then this is the perfect book for you.