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 farniente, 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 dolcefar niente in your mind–a sort of emptying, of watching thoughts till they all disappear, leaving only a lazy stillness behind?
Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her next literary crime thriller, The Blue Bar, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency, and was published by Thomas & Mercer on January 1, 2023.
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