SHARE THIS:
Link: http://freeebooks.nl/are-you-doing-too-much-let-the-dutch-introduce-you-to-the-art-of-niksen-the-boston-globe/

Are you doing too much? Let the Dutch introduce you to the art of ѮiksenҠ֠The Boston Globe

Ӊt isnҴ?Լ/span>

I used to feel productive נor unproductive נall the time. Those were almost the only two things I felt at all. Productive meant good. Unproductive was very bad.

Until the early months of the pandemic. Suddenly, I was sitting still, and I couldnҴ do much because I wasnҴ supposed to. I was working from home, but when I was done, I just sat there (Iҭ single and donҴ have kids). No matter how many Zoom calls I had with family and friends, there was more time Šfor nothing. Because of that, all of the real feelings IҤ stuffed into boxes for years came flooding out. Grief, loneliness, fear, and weird spikes of happiness. There were new feelings related to the pandemic נlike guilt, for having food, work, and shelter.

My therapist said all this new feeling was healthy, and as an advice columnist, I knew she was right.

Advertisement

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Nothing was very good for me. Weirdly, it made me better at doing something later.

Thatҳ why when I saw two self-help books נpublished in the last year נabout niksen נthe Dutch wellness practice of doing nothing נI grabbed them. I wanted more nothing in my life, but I wanted to do it correctly. WeҲe supposed to do nothing to be healthy, niksen supporters say. Itҳ not being lazy, itҳ just Šbeing.

Olga Meckingҳӎiksen: Embracing the Dutch Art of Doing NothingԼ/a> was released in January as a response to her2019 New York Times article about the practice, which went viral. In the book, Mecking, who was born in Poland and lives in the Netherlands, writes of her article, Ӊt became very clear that I had hit a nerve. The whole world wanted to know about niksen. Media from around the globe were sending me emails and interview requests. Literary agents and publishers were asking to represent me. I was ready to dismiss it as much ado about nothing (literally), but there was something about niksen that seemed to appeal to people everywhere.Լ/span>

Advertisement

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

People were doing too much and didnҴ know how to stop. Even when they had time away from responsibilities, the act of mindfulness נanother wellness concept נfelt like doing something.

She writes, Ӊ had people near and far asking me for advice on how to find more niksen time. щ donҴ know,ҠI would say, ѳit down for five minutes, and just do it!ҠThat wasnҴ very helpful, Iҭ afraid. Doing nothing doesnҴ come naturally to everyone. ъust do itҠbypasses important questions. Why canҴ we do nothing? Why is it so hard?Լ/span>

Mecking struggles to define what it means to do nothing. Much of her book is about why we do everything but. She delves into wellness trends and the influence of technology. She considers why weҲe so busy נincluding how public policy and government affects what we carry in our brains all day. In a chapter about why Dutch women might be happier, she writes, ӄutch women rarely experience the burdens felt by women in other countries who are required to take care of not just their children but also their aging parents. Most Dutch people will agree that caring for children is the parentsҠresponsibility but caring for the elderly is a job for the government. State-run homes for the elderly are a fact of life and accessible for all.Լ/span>

Advertisement

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

As far as a how-to goes, I got a surprising amount of guidance from another book, Dutch journalistҳ Maartje WillemsҠMarch 16 release,Ӕhe Lost Art of Doing Nothing: How the Dutch Unwind with Niksen.Լ/a> It looks more like a coffee table gift book, partly because of the lovely illustrations by Lona Aalders. Some pages are just quotes from famous people. But there are questions to answer and exercises to try. One page offers a pretty illustration, just to look at. I focused on the tiny pictures of bees. A later page suggests switching your phone to airplane mode. Yes, easier said than done.

Thereҳ also a running theme about time (Mecking writes about time, too) נthat maybe niksen happens when the clock is irrelevant. Itҳ not like meditation, something you might schedule to do for 15 minutes or an hour. How can you do nothing if youҲe on a clock?

The more I read Meckingҳ and Willemsҳ separate interrogations of how we got so scheduled, and how we can make space, the more I figured out how I achieve Ӯothing,Ԡand how, for me, it involves some spontaneity. You canҴ always plan for it, and thatҳ sort of the point.

Advertisement

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Sure, I might try for some good niksen on a wandering walk around my neighborhood, sometimes noticing a bird. But then birds make me think of my colleague and friendTy Burr who loves birds, and then I think about how I miss my friends and I should call them (hey, Ty). Then Iҭ back to the to-do list. Itҳ no longer nothing.

Mecking argues that Netflix and TV are not nothing. But I disagree.

These books made me realize Iҭ in a deep state of niksen נreal nothing נwhen I watch ӃastleԠwith my friend Lilly.

Yes, I mean Ӄastle,Ԡthe procedural crime show that ran from 2009 to 2016, the one thatҳ ӂonesԠmeets Ӎurder She Wrote.ԠLilly and I watch and talk about the show on an app from our two homes. Sometimes we just grunt approval when the detectives solve a crime. Itҳ not that Iҭ not thinking about anything while we watch, but IҬl be honest, my head is mostly empty. A crime discovered, a crime solved. Characters evolve, but in no way do they make me think about my own life. I rarely notice the clock. Iҭ not even watching it to be part of a cultural conversation; the show had its finale years ago.

I would have thought of it as gluttonous behavior, but now, partly because of therapy and these books, I donҴ.

The experience just is. It is not productive, but it feels serene. I no longer find it strange that after a night of Castle-niksen, I wake up ready to do. To be a good person in the world. To feel. To be happy.

Advertisement

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Meredith Goldstein andChristina Tucker are delving into self-help books once a month. Tell them about self-help books you like ֠and how you practice niksen ֠at Meredith.Goldstein@Globe.com.

The postAre you doing too much? Let the Dutch introduce you to the art of ѮiksenҠ֠The Boston Globe appeared first onDutch Free eBooks.
read more..


Search for Are you doing too much? Let the Dutch introduce you to the art of ѮiksenҠ֠The Boston Globe in the web..

Are you doing too much? Let the Dutch introduce you to the art of ѮiksenҠ֠The Boston Globe

Latest links

Law Firm in Ahmedabad | Mumbai | Arbitration Corporate Law Firm | IBC | GST

Law Firm in Ahmedabad | Mumbai | Arbitration Corporate Law Firm | IBC | GST

AMLEGALS is a Corporate Law Firm in Ahmedabad,Mumbai, Bengaluru & Kolkata in India. International La..

[[View rating and comments]]
submitted at 15.04.2021

[[View rating and comments]]
submitted at 15.04.2021
Andrey Chepelev - Mykyta Mashtakov tennis Live Stream

Andrey Chepelev - Mykyta Mashtakov tennis Live Stream

Andrey Chepelev - Mykyta Mashtakov Live Stream April 15, 2021 http://higgs-tours.ning.com/photo/albu..

[[View rating and comments]]
submitted at 15.04.2021
Home - Bet Captains

Home - Bet Captains

If want to ply online casino and make real money. Bet Captions is the online casino platform where y..

[[View rating and comments]]
submitted at 15.04.2021
female libido supplement

female libido supplement

My favourite product or service certainly is VigRx Plus as it operates rapidly and easily. It's also..

[[View rating and comments]]
submitted at 15.04.2021
agen poker

agen poker

idn poker

[[View rating and comments]]
submitted at 15.04.2021
Live streaming Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers basketball tv watch

Live streaming Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers basketball tv watch

Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers NBA Live Stream https://seedandspark.com/user/sophiabrickman1335..

[[View rating and comments]]
submitted at 15.04.2021
10 Things Your Competitors Can Teach You About example

10 Things Your Competitors Can Teach You About example

50 year old Technical Director Charlie Murry from Leduc, usually spends time with passions for examp..

[[View rating and comments]]
submitted at 15.04.2021
Bevor Sie zu YouTube weitergehen

Bevor Sie zu YouTube weitergehen

Bevor Sie zu YouTube weitergehen

[[View rating and comments]]
submitted at 15.04.2021
Bookafy Affiliate Program - 25% commission FOREVER

Bookafy Affiliate Program - 25% commission FOREVER

Bookafy Affiliate Program lets you make commissions (money, not just credits) by referring users to ..

[[View rating and comments]]
submitted at 15.04.2021
Afghanistan: 'We have won the war, America has lost', say Taliban

Afghanistan: 'We have won the war, America has lost', say Taliban

A BBC team meets the Taliban, a group that clearly sees itself as Afghanistan's government-in-waitin..

[[View rating and comments]]
submitted at 15.04.2021
11 Makes use of and also Advantages of CBD

11 Makes use of and also Advantages of CBD

CBD is a cannabinoid created by the marijuana plant.

[[View rating and comments]]
submitted at 15.04.2021
Triad Security Solutions

Triad Security Solutions

Offering Commercial & Residential Security Film Window Glass protection & Door / Entry protection ag..

[[View rating and comments]]
submitted at 15.04.2021
Watch Tucson Roadrunners v Henderson Silver Knights AHL live stream 15.04.2021

Watch Tucson Roadrunners v Henderson Silver Knights AHL live stream 15.04.2021

Live streaming Tucson Roadrunners - Henderson Silver Knights tv watch 4/15/2021 https://abigailturne..

[[View rating and comments]]
submitted at 15.04.2021

Website Info

Category: Are you doing too much? Let the Dutch introduce y
Found: 04.03.2021

Rate!!

Please write a comment:

User ratings