Niksen, the Practice of doing Nothing

We seem to reward ourselves for being very busy. I think this is a common societal mistake. Such attitude crowds our creative ability, and limits our mind to where we travel. From the Netherlands comes niksen.

“The way I think about boredom is coming to a moment with no plan other than just to be,” she said.

Sandi Mann, a psychologist at the University of Central Lancashire in Britain, added that niksen can be “when we’re not doing the things we should be doing. Because perhaps we don’t want to, we’re not motivated. Instead, we’re not doing very much.”

More practically, the idea of niksen is to take conscious, considered time and energy to do activities like gazing out of a window or sitting motionless.

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