The Art of Stillness

It’s alright for that ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu to go on and on about ‘When nothing is done, nothing is left undone’ or that Steven Covey bloke to talk about taking time out of our busy schedule to ‘Sharpen the saw’ – they don’t have any idea of how busy we really are, and how important it is to get the fifty items on today’s to-do list ticked off. Sure what would they know about making the most of life?

Quite a lot, apparently.

The simple facts (backed up by bucket loads of research) are these:

  • Our busy brains and bodies need time to recharge regularly. No ifs or buts
  • Properly rested, we are more productive overall and make less avoidable mistakes
  • Scheduled quiet time is essential for sustained creativity and good mental health

Funny image of pig-shaped tea strainer in mug, relaxing.

So, put the kettle on, turn off whatever device you’re on, and chillax. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll get done.

Anne is a Dublin based creative coach and poet. Visit to find out more about Anne’s services.

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2 thoughts on “The Art of Stillness”

  1. I totally agree with this! Reminds me of that idea that you should meditate twenty minutes a day. Unless, of course, you are really busy, in which case you should meditate for forty minutes.

  2. I know, it feel counter productive but we really do come back rested and more likely to get more done. Now, if only we could find a way to mediate and eat chocolate at the same time….

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