Have you ever intentionally experienced a slowing down of life's pace?
This being "off schedule," when you're not sick or laid up, but instead intentionally taking a break from your normal responsibilities and patterns, quickly creates new understanding.
In Cuba, we stayed at a private home in Guanabo a few blocks from the beach. It was stormy during our visit—not safe for swimming. So we sat under the covered veranda as the rain fell, and we played dominos.
Anyone can learn to play dominos—beginner to master. It's a game for four people, designed for idle hours, when you have time to talk and linger.
We spent many hours with the tiles as the rain fell, and during this time of enforced idleness, I began to recall the sweetness of life not centered around the internet, "to do" lists, responsibilities.
It's good to be focused, to be committed to your soul work.
It's also good to not take it all seriously, to have pursuits and pasttimes that are simply for your pleasure.
As the New Year begins, with all that resolution and gung-ho motivation, it's good to recall what happens when we do very little, and allow ourselves to enjoy it.
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