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The Sweetness of Doing Nothing


There has been a gradual quickening in the air, in our blood and bones – as business and venues reopen and we go back to “normal”… I have noticed a maelstrom of emotions in myself and others.

There’s a sense of anticipation, excitement and energy up front and yet underneath simmers some not so good feeling emotions such as anxiety (even fear) and overwhelm. It’s felt surreal and sweet to be seeing people smiles again, and yet….

A large part of me doesn’t want things to go back to how they were before as they weren’t sustainable (in so many ways). The busy-ness, the “do-ing,” the rush to be productive were not healthy. Though enculturated, we have internalized that stress and it needs to stop.

Can we take a pause again without a pandemic forcing us? Can we slow down our busy minds and hands? Can we come back into presence and breath, feeling our feet supported by the earth? Can we stop to smell the flowers?

Can we find gratitude and savor the sweetness of doing nothing? This Italian phrase – Dolce Far Niente means just that and I propose we find time each day for this beautiful practice.

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