Taking a day off to do “nothing”, or unplug from social media is considered by some to be lazy. To be on all the time, connected 24/7, is the new normal.
Lazy days are something we need to be well. The way a good night’s sleep balances the day.
Science has proven what we already intuitively know: without proper rest we land somewhere on a scale between low-functioning and crazytown.
I’ve just returned from a family trip to the mountains of West Virginia. Every day for a whole week we hiked a different trail, crossed rocky streams and swam in waterfalls.
A dozen of us, spanning generations, shared a big house on a ski run. We cooked together and shared great food, recipes, and conversation.
There was a lot of rest time. After outings we each took to our own quiet time: naps in front of the stone fireplace, a soak in the hot tub on the deck, or another walk in the woods around our house.
I was impressed by how well the kids, all teens, took their own space as needed to recharge their batteries (and their devices LOL).
Work wise, I did a bit of writing on airplanes and in airports, took photos and make a daily post on Instagram to document my journey and stay in touch with all of you. That’s the only time I went online or did social media.
You could say there was a lot of idleness, possibly even laziness. Because this is one important way I fill my creative well and replenish my spirit.
I believe that laziness and idleness are key to creativity. Think of it as creative dwell time.
Dare To Be Idle, Even Lazy
Look up the word lazy in the dictionary, and explore its synonyms and antonyms. It’s curious to see how the opposite of lazy — energetic, for example, is what we crave.
But we can’t have energy without visiting the other side of busyness, multitasking, and too many things on the to-do list. Perhaps we could just let ourselves go, even for a day, and be downright lazy.
An Invitation to Unplug
This month I encourage you to unplug in your own way, to consider what it means to fill your creative well.
What lazy days or hours can you steal away from life’s demands? And what will you “do” in that freed up space?
Lazy Days is our theme in this month’s Magic Book lesson, and you can get your copy here. It’s a whole year of creative journaling projects and prompts.
I created Magic Book so that it would be quick and easy to do get creative, even when life is busy, or physical energy is lacking.
You Can Create Even When You’re Tired
Playing in a journal, especially if you incorporate imagery and a few art supplies, is restful.
Art making for the pleasure of it (rather than always being tied to a specific outcome) gives you more energy than it takes. I’ve witnessed this from teaching years of weekly creativity workshops in the evening.
People drag themselves in from work, traffic, taking care of others, almost too tired to do anything. But within a half hour the room is buzzing with energy, and it’s hard to get people to stop playing in their journals.
The tiredness, evaporates, leaving pure creative energy in its place. Like magic.
My daily Instagram posts were a kind of lazy journaling for me, as an experiment in traveling very light without art supplies. How did that work out? I’ll be sharing the pros and cons in an upcoming post as I prepare for a couple of big trips this Fall.
And if you’d like to travel AND create with me, check out the workshops page.
How Do You Fill Your Creative Well?
Have you tried being lazy and getting more creative?
Have you ever considered Rest as a Weapon?