Lao Tzu in the Tao Te Ching about the value of emptiness.
Thirty spokes connect to the nave, The emptiness between creates the wheel. The potter shapes clay into vessels, The emptiness therein creates the utensil.
Windows and doors are cut out of walls, The emptiness inside creates the housing. The visible constructs the form of a work. The in-visible makes up its value.
Today it is Saturday here in Germany. Maybe you have had a stressful week, feel tired and now are trying to slow down over the weekend. This seems kinda unfair to me, using much of my free time to recover from the week. A while back I started to create Power-Naps by ZEN-MEN. The music and the woven-in brain tones are designed to bring you the relaxation level of a normal two hours sleep in 15 minutes. My friends have already asked me for a sleep-in only version of those Power-Naps, and I am working on that as well.
In Asia naps are widely accepted by society, it’s a sign that the person having a nap is looking consciously after his/her body and health. Latest developments even brought nap-shells to airports and official offices here in Germany. Use naps as an addition to a good normal sleep and actively transform a small amount of downtime to a 15 minute ritual for your body, mind and soul. Please share your experiences in the comments. Thank you!
waiting for a better offer:
“You can always wait” is a quote of a friend of mine, another friend is most times waiting for a better offer. I recently started to ask myself if waiting can be relaxing. In the case of wait around for a better offer, mate, situation, life – you have to constantly compare new incoming data with an old fixed data you declared as the fixed/ starting point to yourself. These ongoing data-stream builds up tension in your system(brain) which might generate what we in short call stress.
Why do we act like this? (most of us, including me sometimes)
Many times these illusionary calculations are missing some important points. Sure, the TV, Camera, Computer, Gadget will be less expensive in a few months but how much weight do we give the missed joy, experiences, life quality? Can we rewind our lifetime after waiting for Mrs or Mr Right for ages?
Wait less, become stressless…
from the last page of the “Lebensfreude” calendar 2009
you get another 365 days to make something out of your life,
you have the chance, to meet many nice people,
life awaits you with many beautiful surprises,
you can learn and explore new stuff,
you can spend time with your kids, your partner or your friends,
you can enrich others life. Can you think of even more reasons, why you can look forward to the new year?
Freue dich auf das nächste Jahr
du weitere 365 Tage hast,
mehr aus deinem Leben zu machen,
du die Chance hast, viele nette Menschen kennen zu lernen,
das Leben viele schöne Überraschungen für dich bereithält,
du Neues lernen und entdecken kannst,
du Zeit mit deinen Kindern, dem Partner oder den Freunden verbringen kannst,
du das Leben anderer bereichern kannst. Fallen dir noch mehr Gründe ein, warum du dich auf das nächste Jahr freuen kannst?