Mike Posner spent a week in absolute solitude, the only task before him to do nothing, and he can now tell you from experience, “doing nothing is the hardest thing to do.”
The “I Took A Pill in Ibiza” singer, songwriter and producer headed to the remote forests of Colorado, specficially in a cabin on the property of Tara Mandala Buddhist Monastery in Pagosa Springs. While he was there, he challenged himself not to practice guitar, exercise, or do much of anything. There was no electricity, no running water. There was a clock, but one of the first things he did was put that in a drawer. He was simply to meditate. He wanted to know who he was when he had no more tasks to keep him busy.
Posner recently returned, and he set his findings to audio on YouTube. His words come in a slow, steady stream. He takes great pauses between handfuls of words. It’s an hour and a half of deep thoughts and interesting findings on human nature in the modern world. He reads from notes he kept, as one of the few things he did was write his thoughts.
He shares his realizations in the order he remembers them. He begins by recognizing how much of his time is spent trying to create things for himself to do. He realizes that many of his goals day-to-day may not be all that important.
“How much of the time am I just creating tasks to feel busy, to feel productive?” he asks. “How many of my goals do I actually care about? If I visualize being at the end of my life, would this thing that I’m working on so hard right now, would I care about it? Would I even remember it?”
The second lesson is that he wastes 30 or 40 percent of his thoughts and therefore his life on food and appearance. We constantly worry about what we’re eating next, is it healthy, will it make us gain weight, do we look okay?
The realizations and lessons continue in his calm, reserved speech. “The only wrong way to do a day is to believe there is a right way to do a day,” he says. Listen to the whole enlightening takeaway below.
— mikeposner (@MikePosner) November 2, 2017