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:
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.
There will always be more to do.
Or find a place to slow the pace.