03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Greenest Top Ten Holiday Gift List of Them All

What to get for that-special-someone who has everything.

1. Nothing.

Why buy anything? Will more stuff make you happier?

2. You've been looking for it all your life and it's right here. Right here is boring, hard, lonely.

3. But just sit. Do nothing. Keep your eyes soft, open. We're not shutting out thoughts. We're not shutting out anything. If you notice yourself thinking, just notice the thought, and return to the present moment.

4. If you can't find the present moment, rest your attention on the breath. In, pause, out, pause. Or perhaps more realistically; in, thought, pause, thought, out, thought, pause, thought.... Just come back to the breath. Come back to your relaxed, upright sitting posture.

5. Come back to nothing.

6. Come back to yourself. Loneliness is your only friend. Loneliness is good, true, honest, deliciously sad and romantic.

7. Breathe.

8. When you're ready to stop, give a little bow to the sky, to yourself, to the earth. A little bow. No big deal.

9. ...


{adapted from Product Review: Nothing: Autumn 2005 elephant magazine}