Sunday, January 31, 2010

Practise daily downtime to refresh the soul

In his post about "the importance of idle time in a fast-forward world", corporate management consultant Rick Petronella quotes Thomas Moore:
"We seem to have a complex about busyness in our culture," says Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul. "Most of us do have time in our days that we could devote to simple relaxation, but we convince ourselves that we don’t."

And yet, the harder we push, the more we need to replenish ourselves. As Stephan Rechtschaffen, author of Timeshifting, says, "Each of us needs some time that is strictly and entirely our own, and we should experience it daily."

In this post, Petronella offers some ways to establish daily downtime including: "Practice doing nothing. 'Doing nothing' is an art, and like all art you need to practice it to reach your highest potential."