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Hardcover The Art of Doing Nothing: Simple Ways to Make Time for Yourself Book

ISBN: 0609600745

ISBN13: 9780609600740

The Art of Doing Nothing: Simple Ways to Make Time for Yourself

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The Art of Doing Nothing Simple Ways to Make Time for Yourself A culture of overachievers, we make things happen--and happen fast. While rushing along, though, the days seem to get shorter and shorter. If only time would hold still, just a little bit, to let us savor life's simplest moments. . . . The Art of Doing Nothing will help to ease these beat-the-clock jitters. The stress-reducing techniques described here require no time, no skill, no commitment...

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Ahhh! Time to rest!

Aren't we all over doing it just a little? Don't we all need to slow down and see the important things in life? This book is a gem. It's a fabulous reminder to take it easy and to appreciate the small things in life.

The Delightful Rewards of Languour for Strivers

The title of this book is misleading. It sounds like an exhortation solely for La Dolce Vita. It is that all right, but it is much more as well. "This book is designed to help you cultivate the seeds of serenity." From serenity, Ms. Vienne suggests that you will discover many great ideas, better focus on what is important, and enjoy life more. In essence, doing nothing is designed here as a path to internal and external progress -- worthy of consideration by any striver. Strivers have a problem. They strive too much. "Whenever frinds or loved ones suggest we relax -- take a deep breath or unwind for a few days -- we almost always protest." This is a problem because "you can only make time for yourself by uncluttering your mind." With this uncluttered mind and time, you can accomplish more and be more balanced. That's a wonderful exhortation, and the book provides many valuable guides to getting there.The book is divided into ten chapters, each on the "art of" something. These arts are procrastination, breathing, meditating, lounging, yawning, napping, bathing, tasting, listening, and waiting. Although we all have lots of experience in these 10 areas, if you are like me, you don't yet know how to make the best of each one. Each chapter is lovingly illustrated with black and white photographs in soft brownish tones by Erica Lennard. The photographs add an elegance and a beauty to the book that help put you in the right mood to absorb the message here. Many are images of nature, and many include artful representations of a beautiful woman in fairly transparent clothing (especially noteworthy for those of you who enjoy such views). Let me focus on a few chapters to help you savor the full flavor of the book. Procrastination to a striver sounds like something to be avoided. Ms. Vienne likens procrastination instead to moving water where "the path of least resistance is a successions of languid curves." Basically, the most natural path is a circuitous one. Such paths allow us time to digest what we are experiencing and to notice more. This chapter includes descriptions of Thoreau's life in the woods, and the importance of his observing nature. You also get lessons on whistling 101 to help you refocus away from whatever you are working too hard on. There is an exercise to stay next to your unopened mail and ignore it. You are encouraged to "give yourself permission to abandon any activity midway." That last is particularly good advice, because many things simply aren't worth finishing. Why sit through a book or movie that doesn't suit your needs or your mood? That's just time you could better spend in more pleasant ways. Lounging conjured up images for me of people in togas ordering a slave to peel them a grape. Instead, Ms. Vienne encourages you to "wear down your restlessness." She points out that lounging is the state in which many scientific geniuses had their biggest insights. So lounging can be a purposeless way of bein

A reminder to stop and smell the roses

My husband and I were given this beautiful book as a gift when we left New York to embark on our new life in the Caribbean. Much of its wisdom has stayed with me during the many months since I first read it. We tend to get so busy that we often miss the whole point of the beautiful gift of life. Veronique reminds us to stop and smell the roses, and teaches us how to feel more connected with the world around us. I'm sending a copy to all my friends for the holidays!

What a peaceful book of words...............................

I was babysitting one night and found this book on the lady's coffee table that I babysit for. I just had to read it. It's made me think about life in a different prospective for each moment that I live. It's a very neat and different way to look at the things we take advantage of, and to relax a lot more, even though we have things on our minds that need to be done. Read it, I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

Totally readable, memorable exercises, real Art.

The kind of book you will want to keep around to remind yourself that doing nothing could be a full time job. Beautiful writing,simple, memorable exercises. The photography is rich, subtle and deliciously sensual. This little book is intelligent and wise.
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