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Allow yourself to wander aimlessly. Explore adjacencies. Lack judgment. Postpone criticism.
Ahhh drifting...not something I'm good at, I'm afraid - probably why I love 'the idea' of hot air balloons (bucket list).
Looks like I didn't stay in Italy long enough to capture the drifting motto of 'Il dolce far niente' (the sweetness of doing nothing).
Remember Eat Pray Love?
(yes, I confess I read the book & saw the movie)
There's a scene in an Italian barber shop - in the movie, Julia Roberts feels guilty because all she's done in the past few weeks is “learn a few Italian words and eat.”
In this 1-minute clip the men in the barber shop explain Dolce Far Niente - the sweetness of doing nada.
Sadly, I have more in common with my neighbours in the US than I do with my Italian amigos.
As Melissa Gilbert wrote:
"I am burdened with what the Buddhists call the 'monkey mind'—the thoughts that swing from limb to limb, stopping only to scratch themselves, spit and howl. The problem with all this swinging through the vines of thoughts is that you are never where you are."
That's where music comes in (& weeding):
I think we all need to find what helps us drift and bliss out? For me, most of the time it means an active meditation like weeding (I can feel productive while blissing out at the same time).
On the best days, it's music.
On Saturday nights, for example, I love to experiment with cooking while I listen to A Propos, a CBC radio music show on World Francophone Music
Here's one of my favourite drifting songs from A Propos
Dédé Fortin Les Colocs Tassez Vous De D'là
On writing days, I stick to instrumental music only, like Yo-Yo Ma - Bach, Cello Suites
And today, being Dylan's birthday is a perfect day to listen to one of my all-time favourite drifting songs
Like a Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan
When do you drift? Is achieving Dolce Far Niente easy or hard for you?
Here's to drifting,
Have a great weekend all!