"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 non-essentials."
-- 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:
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.
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