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the art of solitude

July 11, 2011

“We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly. . . spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order.” ~Susan Taylor

I have been so infatuated with walking around in nature, swimming and getting lost in the smell of Orange Blossoms lately, that computer work or anything that has to do with the indoors has taken a back seat.

Before moving to Greece I use to run around manically from the time I woke up. There never seemed to be any moments where I had nothing to do or chose to do nothing.

Greece is a country that prides itself on being slow. It has mastered the Art of doing Nothing. From afternoon siestas, to daily gatherings in cafes for hours, rushing is not a word its inhabitants know.

Living here has enabled me to slow down and enjoy the simple moments and appreciate the beauty that solitude brings into your life.

Do Nothing

“We need time to dream, time to remember, and time to reach the infinite. Time to be.”~Gladys Taber

One of my favorite ways of doing nothing usually involves secluded beaches where I let the sand engulf my body as I stare at the blue sky or stars and let my thoughts flow with the rhythm of the waves.

But there are many ways of incorporating Nothing into your life no matter where you are.

It could be by making a soothing cup of  tea and finding a quiet, peaceful place to ponder your innermost desires or questions in your life.

Or by having a hot bath with candles and essential oils.

How about simply taking a walk in Nature unplugged from all technology and letting the birds sing for you.

If your really short on time you can always just stay put in your office or home, alone, away from everyone and close your eyes and simply breathe for 5 minutes.

When it comes down to it we can all benefit from taking ourselves out of the madness of life for short periods of time daily.

You won’t believe how practicing doing nothing can make you more productive, calm and keep stress at bay.

If your like me, you soon will learn to crave these moments of the day where you allow yourself to completely be in all its essence.

What are some of your favorite ways of doing nothing?

Bisous,

~J

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