"It is impossible ever to be content if we can't amuse ourselves sitting still, focused on our own desires, our needs and feelings."
I remember learning many years ago about the importance of space in an artwork. The space allows one to appreciate the elements of the artwork. I suppose Henry Moore's giant sculptures are a good example of this.
The importance of space is always driven home to me when I drive through a neighbourhood of big homes on small blocks. One cannot appreciate the architecture of a home when it is squeezed in between its neighbours like a sardine in a tin.
So too, I need space in my life. Time to reflect, muse and remember what it is I want my life to be about. Time to cultivate ideas.
Taking the time to just sit and be, daydream and think about life's possibilities nourishes my soul. As does taking time to acknowledge all of my achievements for the week, month, year, decade - no matter how small. Time for contemplation and self-examination -am I still living a life aligned to my values or have I been side-tracked by life's happenstance? Time to hear my inner wisdom.
Many of us, myself included can feel guilty if we have periods where we slow down. Sleeping in, long afternoon naps - there are times in life when I can enjoy these and use them to nourish myself. I deserve to treat myself with the utmost care and respect.
Stopping briefly to turn inward and experience a mini-meditation. This helps me stay centred.
Embracing periods of inactivity allows me time to remember who I am, not just what I want to be or do.
"It was time to slow down the frantic pace of my life and begin to listen to it" ~Denise Linn
How do you feel about embracing periods of inactivity?