In Defense of Idleness

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In Defense of Idleness

 

Summertime and the living is easy…or so the song goes.

Do you ever sit down in order to do nothing? Not to rest. Not to meditate. Not to think. Just to be?

I admit I don’t, or should I say, I didn’t until I took six days of unplugged silence at a retreat center. The first day, I was a bit jittery; not at home in my skin. But slowly, ever so slowly, my body and mind acclimated.

One day around noon after reading a number of pages in a novel, a format I rarely read due to other “self-selected required reading,” I looked at just the right moment to see this:

 

In Defense of Idleness, Ann Grasso Pattern Art

 

Natural wonders like this are fleeting.

Industrialized societies praise hard work and teach that idleness is wasteful. Our current culture has become dissatisfied with sufficient and we work to acquire more and more. And then we wonder why we burn out or become restless and unhappy.

I am closing this blog now to practice what I preach and shut the studio door for a while.

 

In Defense of Idleness, Ann Grasso Pattern Art

 

There will always be more to do.

 

In Defense of Idleness, Ann Grasso Pattern Art

 

For more reading on the defense of idleness, click here and here.

Or find a place to slow the pace.

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  • patsy
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    Laughing as I read your note…concluding a continuing ed video as I worked on a Viking knit piece…I suspect I am idle when I am unconscious in sleep. Yes…taking time to be less stressed & idle are very healthy & necessary, I have more to learn on HOW
    As to your photo….we (my U.K. friends & I) witnessed a similar site on the drive home to Florida from New Orleans. It was explained as ice crystals in light vs rain water…. was my friend right? No clue, it was still breathtaking 😊

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      Ann Grasso
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      Pasty, thanks for your comments. I am curious, too, to know how often these visuals occur since I am not often in a location to observe. What startled me was the timing of my looking up from my book and that I was able to catch this fleeing happening. Ice crystals are still water, but fascinating to think that only the ice form shows these colors.

  • DIANNA C DUNN
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    What you describe as just being….is truly what we all need to do to allow all our body parts to reconnect, to stay ‘whole’ in the best possible way!

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      Ann Grasso
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      If only we might get this message out as a PSA. Great to hear from you Dianna!

  • Roseanne
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    I loved this, Ann. How hard it is to just be, to lay in our hammocks and absorb all that we see and hear. One of my favorite ways to spend time. Also appreciated the links – especially “brainpickings.”
    I have to go now….my hammock is calling me.

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      Ann Grasso
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      Smile – happy hammocking.

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