Sunday, April 6, 2014

Slower & Simpler - Dolce Far Niente

While I'm sure all of us are a little tired of references to Eat, Pray, Love, today I was reminded of one phrase from the move: dolce far niente.  I found myself blessedly just sitting, watching a lake, and truly embracing the sweetness of doing nothing.  Can't get much slower or simpler than that!  (Premised on a life that is busy and full of work and commitments, that is.  I'm not advocating ONLY sitting and doing nothing as a complete lifestyle.)

Dolce Far Niente

There is a scene in a barber shop in Italy when the characters are not doing much of anything and the American feels a little guilty because all she has done for three weeks is “learn a few Italian words and eat.” Her European, mostly Italian friends explain the lovely concept of Dolce Far Niente – the sweetness of doing nothing. Watch this clip from the movie to learn more about Dolce Far Niente. (It’s less than a minute)

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