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SIMPLE PLEASURES

Sylvia Marina - Sunday, December 22, 2013

SIMPLE PLEASURES - written by Sylvia Marina

For many in our part of the world, this week of the year is busy.
On the christian calendar it is a time for thanks giving, love, appreciation and remembering.

During my professional career, I’ve helped hundreds of people manage this time of year. Many put more emphasis on planning christmas than their life mastery. In the lives of many it seems the success of christmas is their measure for a successful life.

This time of year we remember others, we do our best to show our appreciation by a card, a phone call, a flower, a cake, a something for you!

A recent blog from Italy reads... A few years ago while I was sitting on a beach in Southern Italy, I noticed a man kicking a soccer ball down the shoreline. He kicked it a few feet at a time, nothing too strenuous, just a nice bit of play in the middle of a glorious sunny afternoon. It struck me as unusual that this man would take the time to do this. It was as if he had all the time in the world at his disposal and the only thing he cared about at that moment was kicking that soccer ball. 

The explanation for his behaviour then occurred to me. He had developed the ability to practice l’arte di non fare niente. This is an Italian expression which translates as the art of doing nothing. Ah, dolce far niente! It is also known as the sweetness of doing nothing.

The man on the beach was not out to refine his technique, burn carbs, or impress the ladies. He was kicking that ball for no other reason that the sheer enjoyment of his solitary movement along the water’s edge, and that, my friends, is a beautiful thing.

By nature many of us are multi taskers, we are a nation of people infatuated with over-achieving, excessively accumulating...oh it’s a story of indulgence!

In the striving we often feel guilty to have a nap, take a day off to ‘do nothing’.

Each morning my office manager asks, ‘what’s on the agenda for today?’
As I write, I can feel the me is about to say NOTHING but will the ‘should be, must do, feel guilty’ bit of my brain truly let me experience and know - the sweetness of doing nothing?  YES it will, because brain and I are learning it’s more important to have inner peace and sanity than constant physical drive and perfection.

The art of doing nothing is more than lounging in front of the television. It’s being in the moment at the park, building sandcastles at the beach, tuning in to the frog croaks in the garden, watching a baby sleep, listening to the cats purr, watching swans glide across water, see the moon rise, sip and observe the dawn, breathe in the silence of the sun-set horizon.

None of these are nothing, they are indeed something. L’arte di non fare niente implies spontaneity, doing a thing for nothing more than the pleasure of doing it.

il dolce far niente - the sweetness of doing nothing.

© Sylvia Marina ND.,
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