"I recently read an article by Trudy Boyle entitled The Art of Moodling. Here is an excerpt – “I always forget how important the empty days are, how important it may be sometimes not to expect to produce anything, even a few lines in a journal. A day when one has not pushed oneself to the limit seems a damaged, damaging day, a sinful day. Not so! The most valuable thing one can do for the psyche, occasionally, is to let it rest, wander, live in the changing light of a room.” - Poet May Sarton Source: Journal of a Solitude on the Importance of Rest"
There is a lot to her entire piece, but my big take away is about giving ourselves permission to not be productive or doing things all the time. The messages I was getting for most of my life were there is always something that needs to be done whether work related or household chores. The question is, how is that good for us? Maybe not so much.
Taking a day or a few hours for a walk in nature, having a favorite cup of tea or coffee while pondering the wonders of the universe, reading something just for fun, etc., etc., etc.
I speak of this as it applies big time to myself. Due to those messages I referred to, I have found it difficult to take a day to do nothing of consequence other than enjoyment. Whenever there is a day with seemingly nothing needing to be done, I don’t fully flow with it. In the back of my mind is the thought, I can’t just do nothing. There must be something around here I can tend to.
Trudy’s article seemed to give me the permission to give myself permission to spend the day moodling or noodling (my word). Moodling activities can be rejuvenating, invigorating, fun, joyful, healing. They can give us a burst of vitality and inspiration.
To paraphrase Winnie the Pooh, it might be time to go along doing nothing, listening to the things we cannot hear, noticing new things and not bothering or bothering if we choose. Really, it’s good for us.
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