Woman's Secret ~ Living by the Italian phrase “Dolce far Niente” or Simply Called “The Sweetness of Doing Nothing”.
I think this violinist needs no introduction.
In fact, Albert Einstein was an excellent violinist and would often play the violin to relax. That was his way of creating a "Dolce far Niente" moment.
“If you will remember a scene in “Elizabeth Gilbert’s masterpiece- Eat, Pray, Love, the other day. The scene is set in a barbershop in Rome. Julia and her new found friend are scarfing down napoleons while the men of Italy are educating them on the ways of the Italian.”
Doesn’t this scene offer some statement of importance of taking time outs from work throughout our busy day?
So how does this same author suggest we as Americans can live in compliance of “Dolce far Niente”?
“The idea that ‘doing nothing,’ is actually an event in and of itself. The idea that we no longer run on a treadmill of activity from getting the kids ready for school, to brushing our teeth, to conference calls, to picking up kids, fixing dinner, and bed- only to start over again. The idea that our actions day to day become influenced by our instincts and no longer by routines, shoulds, and musts.”
Our only problem is that we westerners need to shed the ideas of these 4 letter words that LONG, HARD, WORK is life’s only value. That is because today is no longer necessary. And that taking daily and weekly time outs from our busy schedules and time at work, is probably a better solution to us finding true happiness.
That is why taking this course on meditation is so important because today you have more time to live a meditative life. You can even create a lifestyle that many our past spiritual giants used to live if you so choose. The sky is the limit as to what you can learn, now that the Internet is available to all to surf.
So why am I adding this phrase to our discussion. It is simply that most Americans are so wound up and busy that we have become a country of WORKAHOLICS.
I believe that the less time we spend even on “Doing Nothing”, the more joyfulness we will experience. Somehow, learning to move out of drabness by doing nothing is even a virtue.
We during this 21st Century are seeing the rapid death of the Industrial Revolution. In fact, the life of working a 40 hour weeks is long over. Too many of us Americans still haven’t recognized that that busy lifestyle is over, even if some employers still demand us to work overtime.
As we go global, we are seeing more U.S. jobs diminishing, that’s coupled with the increase in automation. We are also seeing the effects of Obama Care as companies require more American workers, to become part time workers. Because of the reduced hours, we in America are becoming quickly leveled towards working only a 30 hour week.
So whether it is our choice or simply we are being forced to work fewer hours each day, somehow, this Italian attitude we must now or later embrace if we ever hope to continue living meaningful lives.
Let’s face it our ancestors were forced to work hard, but today, you and I have a choice. With the increase in information we can experience a more creative, meditative and enjoyable lifestyle from our ancestors of the past.
We also need to see automation as a blessing and not a curse. We need to become more accepting of doing nothing as we gain more leisure. We can become more creative by taking more time outs from work and by adding a more meditative lifestyle. Today, even personal growth can be available to all.
At one time it was only the Kings and Queens that could live this way. But today, we all can become lifestyle rich and become SAVANTS and even prophets, if we can decide to live more meditate and meaningful lives.
Today we even have the Internet and even more mobility at our disposal. We can also study here or abroad and develop a fuller and more personally enriched life. And with that increased leisure time, we also have more time to spend alone, or spend it with family and friends.
Also remember, that once you leave your employer’s office, you are free and no longer an indentured servant. You trying to understand that you are and always will be free, are an essential move towards your freeing up your time and money towards a program of personal growth.
That is why finding and developing a hobby, can free your mind up once you leave your job, which can offer you an alternative to your work.
That is why I believe that everyone should develop a hobby. In fact, some people have created a new business idea that they have begun and left their other job to become truly independent, by starting a hobby and growing it over time into a profitable business.
And if you don’t start a business that is Okay too, that is because I have found that people who work at their hobbies tend to be happier lot and they tend to gain other life-skills from those who don’t enjoy a hobby.
A further reason for starting a hobby is that it gives you something else to do if you ever decide to retire. One of the weaknesses that most retirees have is that after they retire from their job, they have nothing else to do, but like a prisoner, look out at 4 walls, and into their TV.
Having a hobby to do, becomes a form of relaxation, and also something that you can enjoy to start up a new business or even to keep your mind active by having something to do a few hours a day.
Jesus saying how to live our lives is to become a CHILD AGAIN. Any maybe finding a hobby can help.
My advice to you is to find a hobby or something that you could enjoy to do alone, or with a friend.
One author suggest in finding a hobby to enjoy it works best by you discovering something you are passionate about by being a kid again. I have left a link of a list of hobbies that might be of interest below.
Become a Kid Again
Some of the things that we were most interesting in as children or young adults can entertain us as adults as well: drawing, crafting, exploring in work, trying new things in the kitchen, and the list goes on. Look back at your childhood as a place of inspiration and you may rediscover a long-lost passion.
Experience Nature Any Time You Can
I would also suggest that you take time to explore nature. We can never tire of going for a walk along a stream, along the ocean, going hiking or from gaining any other experience that nature can offer us. I go out into the desert every morning to experience nature which keeps my life vibrant and fulfilling. In fact, I get some many creative answers to life’s issues after returning home after 30 to a 40 minute walk. So don’t forget to experience nature any off time to implement your personal growth.