Do You know about Il Dolce Far Niente?

Dolce far niente at Grado: a seaside Italian town

I’ve been away from this space for a while, traveling, recuperating, coping.

But mostly, meditating. 
Practicing being in the moment, trying to experience the fullness, and the sweetness of doing nothing ( Il dolce far niente, a very Italian pastime) even as I absorb myself in writing, or cooking, or gardening. Cleaning, even.
The Internet has seemed like a faraway space in the last few weeks. Only now that I’m back home, I’m beginning to spend some time online.
What have you been up to, in my absence? Busy, relaxed, overwhelmed, happy, upset?

Have you tried practicing il dolce far niente in your mind–a sort of emptying, of watching thoughts till they all disappear, leaving only a lazy stillness behind?

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  1. Joy

    Oh yes, I do that only I don't call it 'il dolce far niente' because I wasn't aware of the term (thank you, I know now!) I just announce to all and sundry (even at work, when I was working) that I was on "auto pilot."

  2. cleemckenzie

    Glad you found some time to refresh your spirit. That's always so necessary in our fast-paced, totally connected world. I'm looking forward to doing exactly that in November, but this month I'm launching a book, so no being in the moment for a while. I'm all about blog tours and lists.

  3. Michelle Stanley

    It's always good to get away from the daily routine and unwind. I've also been absent from blogging, spending more time on reviewing assignments. The rush period for these should be over soon, and hopefully I'll be able to write more blog content.

  4. klahanie

    Hi Damyanti,

    It's nice to see you do a post. I've been eagerly waiting for you to do another post. I'm also glad that you have taken some time out to immerse yourself in distractions that I hope refreshed your spirit. It can be a rather delicious idleness, dear lady.

    As usual, during your absence, I've been discreetly supporting folks in the background. It's what I do and it makes me feel good. I might be overwhelmed by doing everything by myself. Yet, it makes me even more satisfied when projects get finished.

    A peaceful, hopeful week ahead to you, my kind friend.



    I've gotten to the point of being so overwhelmed in my life, I'm going to have to (for my own sanity) step back and practice a little of "doing nothing". It's pretty bad when something a person used to enjoy–in my case, writing–becomes just another chore, something to get done and move on to the next in a long line of their "have to do" list.

  6. Murees Dupé

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time. Doing nothing can be a lot harder than people think. I have been hard on myself this week, but by the weekend it was all forgotten.