Determined to Be More Unproductive (quote by Hakuin Ekaku)

Determined to Be More Unproductive (quote by Hakuin Ekaku)

Determined to be more unproductive quote by Hakuin Ekaku

“This year, I am determined to be more unproductive. My goal is to do less and less – to move slower and slower until everything stops. I and the whole world will come to a sweet and silent stillness. And in this stillness, a great shout of joy will arise. We will all be free – free from the advice of ancient ages, free from the whining voices, free from the incessant objections of the responsible ones.

In this new world, it will be abundantly clear that the bare branches of the winter trees are our teachers. In their daily dance of moving here and there, we will see once again the true meaning of our life. In the wind song of their being, we will hear God’s unmistakable voice. We will follow what appears before us – what had once been difficult will now unfold with ease.”

by Hakuin Ekaku

I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.


  1. Kay 1 year ago


  2. bill kilgour 1 year ago

    Deliberately, pro-actively8 BEING productive and purposeful can take many forms.
    It need not be stressful, tiring, or labored.
    Authentic vitality brings it’s own energy and joy . . . . by reflection, . . and
    inherent satisfaction of creative accomplishments
    .Productivity can FLOW LIKE LIVING WATERS. Even laughing waters.
    Each accomplishment can suggest another. ‘ Makes you a “Greeter ” at the door of thought,
    / / / not a suspicious defeatist.

    Being PRODUCTIVE embraces quiet listening, affirming that God is still speaking.
    And we can confidently relax in sabbatical mood. Cheering infinte Mind;
    not fearing those threats of the outside world to inhibit or burden us.
    My friend says, “Avoid a void !” I want to experience each of the strategic ways of being PRODUCTIVE, . . . FRUITFUL, progressive, creative, pioneering, expansive,
    with perspcasity, … and, yes, with authenticity.

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      Polly Castor 1 year ago

      Yes, I totally agree, and all your thoughts here are what I usually espouse. I guess the point of this thought today is that in the infinite ALL, the void is never actually there. When we get quiet enough we notice that.

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