“Work is not always required ... there is such a thing as sacred
idleness, the cultivation of which is now fearfully neglected.”
-- George MacDonald
“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of
leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of
-- Lin Yutang
“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the
necessary may speak.”
-- Hans Hofmann
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day
listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across
the sky, is hardly a waste of time.”
-- Sir John Lubbock
“In the sweet territory of silence we touch the mystery. It’s the place
of reflection and contemplation, and it’s the place where we can connect
with the deep knowing, to the deep wisdom way.”
-- Angeles Arrien
“What is it that makes all of us end each day with the sense that we
have not lived our time, but have been lived, used by what we do?”
-- Jacob Needleman
Our world is so addicted to productivity that we feel guilty if we’re
not doing something. But taking time daily to be still and inactive
opens us to the spacious present. It helps nurture and restore balance.
Answer these smart questions in your journal:
- When was the last time you did absolutely nothing?
- How do you best experience relaxation and rejuvenation?
- What are your beliefs around being idle?
- How can you free up more time for yourself?
- How can you simplify your life?
For health and happiness, it’s essential to have free time -- time to
think, relax, have fun and open to new things. What activities can you
cut out of your life to give you more growing room?
Take charge. Reduce the demands, stimuli, interruptions and busyness in
your life. Eliminate your time wasters. Give yourself space to allow a
new level of experience to happen in your life. Give yourself a regular
gift of inactivity.