Balancing Life (10/30)

This book has been a serious blessing to me over the past six months. Something from it speaks to me powerfully nearly every time I open it.

The last couple entries I read were from a chapter called “Balancing Life”.

A woman named Joan Chittister reflected…

“All we lack, now that life has become so speeded up, is the will to slow it down so that we can live a little while life goes by. We need to want to be human as well as efficient; to be loving as well as informed; to be caring as well as knowledgeable; to be happy as well as respected. It’s not easy.”

And a few thoughts on leisure from a fellow named Michael Casey. They’re specifically about monks and nuns, but anyone seeking to “live better” will find value here…

“Leisure is not idleness or the pursuit of recreational activities. It is, above all, being attentive to the present moment, open to all its implications, living it to the full. This implies a certain looseness in lifestyle that allows heart and mind to drift away from time to time. Monastic life is not a matter of shoehorning the maximum number of good works into a day. It is more important that monks and nuns do a few things well, being present to the tasks they undertake, leaving room for recuperation and reflection, and expecting the unexpected. Leisure allows openness to the present. It is the opposite of being enslaved by the past or living in some hazy anticipation of a desirable future. Leisure means being free from anything that would impede, color, or subvert the perception of reality. Far from being the headlong pursuit of escapist activities and having fun, authentic leisure is a very serious matter because it is the product of an attentive and listening attitude to life.”

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