What is “The Art of Doing Nothing”?

“il dolce far niente”
“the sweetness of doing nothing”
So what is the art of doing nothing?

The art of doing nothing are simple ways to make time for yourself, and at ArtSHINE we call it  “The  Me Time”. It’s your time to let go of your hectic life to refresh and renew yourself.

As a business owner, everyday you are so busy working and trying to get things done that you fall into a routine of constantly doing things and it becomes difficult to give yourself a break to chill out.

Does this sound familiar to you?

Don’t worry you are not alone.

Stuart and I were on our most recent holiday on a cruise to Pacific Islands and we must admit, it was hard to let go and switch to holiday mode on our first day.

Here are the three reasons why it is hard for you to switch off:

  1. You love what you do and you just can’t stop.
  2. You are stressed and over worked. 
  3. In our hyped world full of modern technology and our dependent on digital gadgets such as mobile phones, Internet, emails and computer games, these lead to the constant feeling of needing to “be connected” to the world we live in.

Because of these distractions it becomes so easy for you to overlook the beauty and simple pleasures that can be found in just doing nothing.

Doing nothing can actually be an art form, we’ve learned this art on the cruise and doing it well, can take some practice too. An important part of doing nothing effectively is being able to relax completely.

Relaxing starts by firstly telling yourself you are relaxed and enjoy the feeling of relaxation. It’s a mindset thing you need to get your mind on board with what you want to experience.

Find a cosy place to do your nothing. For some it may be reached by drinking wine on the deck while listening and watching the ocean waves. For me it was just standing on the deck gazing at the horizon and watching the sunset.

For some it may be accomplished by drinking coffee by the fire, sitting on a comfy couch and reading a book. Or for others the art is practiced by taking the time to  connect with the locals at the market. People watching at the mall, a swing at the park, and gardening would all qualify as doing nothing.

I know what you are thinking. All the things I mentioned are doing something and you are right. The art of doing nothing implies spontaneity and doing things for nothing more than the pleasure of doing it.

So if you are on holiday, or take a break from your business, it is important for you to let go and enjoy your time away from hustle and bustle. Learn the art of doing nothing and enjoy the time of doing nothing, you truly deserve it.

Tune in next time. We will show you step by step on how to master the Art of Doing Nothing!

 Thanks for dropping by and we’ll see you next time.

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Vinh Van Lam
the authorVinh Van Lam
Vinh Van Lam, co-founder of ArtSHINE, is a visionary art coach and entrepreneur with a passion for fostering creativity. With a diverse background in art and business, he brings a unique perspective to empower emerging artists, enabling them to thrive in the dynamic art industry through the innovative platform of ArtSHINE.

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