• Rejecting busy-ness, which goes so against the grain of our contemporary habits, starts with hitting the reset button. This recording of zen monks chanting in 1970s Paris does it for me every time. [1 of 3]

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culture 19 Nov 2014

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  • While two baths a day might sound like the height of indulgence, "the point of baths, foamy nothingness," that Chris Wallace takes up in his wonderful essay for Guernica, highlights the deep satisfaction that can be found in a simple pleasure. [2 of 3]
  • For years I have returned regularly to this short post by John Lidwell-Durnin on life lessons from Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener, most notably the fact that, "We must cultivate a relationship with inactivity, and not become disoriented or panicked at how unlike work, or being at some task, our leisure actually is." [3 of 3]

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