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Nourish Your Essence: Make Time for Fun!

Take Time to Listen to the Ocean

You need to
have fun–often! And you need to get out of your busy mind–often. Not only does it help to develop a playful attitude during
daily activities, but you also need to schedule time to relax and be creative.
The expression “Get out of your head!” sounds strange but requires little
explanation. Think about what fun
means to you, such as playing cards or sports, watching movies, going to the
park, or hanging out at an art gallery. It doesn’t matter what it is or if
others find it entertaining–you need to enjoy it. Find something you can lose
yourself in.


It’s important not to always pick
activities that have ulterior motives, such as career advancement or personal
growth. Remember that plain old fun is critical to your well-being! Another
common motive is escape, but what you do for pleasure should be engaging, not
numbing. When you take time for yourself, you should feel even more fulfilled
and in touch with your essence–not hollow and disconnected.

An ideal form of recreation for people
with Inspiration Deficit Disorder is to be more creative and get involved in
something artistic. Sports are also ideal, but they can get too competitive and
feed your Persona. If you want to choose a sport to feed your essence, that’s
fine, but try playing so that there isn’t a winner or one single “right way” to
score. The bottom line is to promote peace and lots of laughter. You might also
try shifting your attitude about a sport you already know and love. Work to
experience it for the joy and pleasure, not from a place of striving to be
perfect. Other ideas include taking a class in cooking or watercolor painting;
gardening; taking walks in nature; going fishing; learning to play chess or
bridge; playing on a team; joining a book club; or taking up a new craft, such
as knitting, woodworking, or scrapbooking.


The key word is fun, not indulgent. You need to be affirmed in delight, meaning
that enjoying simple pleasures will remind you of the joy of living.

What activities nourish YOUR essence?

Excerpt from Jonathan’s upcoming book, Inspirational Deficit Disorder

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posted October 19, 2010 at 11:28 am

Hi Jonathan,
I love the concept you offer….balancing with fun is a most important aspect of our being.
I’m having two “problems”…I like to connect to a divine being, but the name God doesn’t resonate with me.I’m trying Krishna now, and having a little better sucess at feeling a connection. Having faith is really difficult and being depressed makes it more difficult. I think I expect way tooo much.
I’ve been retired now 4 yrs. after a jubilant and sucessful 31 year career teaching school. The current problem : I don’t feel worthwhile because , since I’m not teaching, I’m not doing anything “important” so my life has no meaning.

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posted October 21, 2010 at 11:01 am

This article is great. I wrote down a lot and this makes me want to get more in tune with my spiritual self and just to have more fun. I definitely agree that fun should enlighten you and not numb you. SO many people think drinking is “fun” when really it just numbs them. Thank you for this article. And to Annalou, you worked hard for a long time maybe now that your retired you can look more into your spiritual self and it will give you a more meaningful look at life.

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posted November 29, 2010 at 3:40 am

This is a good inspirational piece of writing that indeed will help go long way. We should always try to keep ourselves calm, and be happy to the best possible extent as happiness is said to be the food for the soul. Rejoice, Rejoice in the name of Lord.

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