It’s all over the papers!
Well, that’s an exaggeration, but two articles in one week for NOTBUSY is not too bad. And for all I know there may have been more.
On Monday, the Guardian ran a piece entitled, Could beditation be the answer to exam nerves? Oenone Crossley-Holland, a teacher in South Hampstead described the way in wich school children ar being taught mindfulness to help them cope with exam nerves.
Happily her enthusiasm for mindfulness seems to be supported by both her headteacher and pupils. And so she writes
My headteacher [said] “Young people live in a fast-paced and confusing world. The expectations that parents and society place on students are so high. To be able to step back and appreciate yourself for who you are, and be able to stop the plates spinning is a gift. Mental wellbeing is at the route of being able to achieve anything.”
Ally, a student at my school, explains why she attends mindfulness club at lunchtime. “It’s just 15 minutes of quiet under a table,” she says. “I don’t necessarily find solutions to problems or anything, but I do come to terms with what’s happening around me.”
You can read the whole article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2013/mar/04/mindfulness-based-stress-reduction-meditation
And then today, the Daily Mail ran an article precisely about the joy of refusing not to be busy. The author, Candida Crewe, does not reference the I’M NOT BUSY’ campaign or the website http://www.notbusy.co.uk and has probably never heard of it. Nonetheless she speaks the same language when she writes,
I never rush my children hither and thither, and they rarely see me busy – though admitting that makes me feel as vulnerable as telling someone how much I weigh.
Not being busy is a contemporary taboo, but one which I am happy to shatter.
She clearly understand the interpersonal power politics too, writing,
There is an increasing divide between the busy and the non-busy, just as there is between fat and thin, rich and poor, and it makes those of us who are not busy feel inferior.
And this is a great NOTBUSY story:
One day, a customer at the bookshop asked me if I planned to work in a shop for the rest of my life. I said I was enjoying it, but writing a book in my spare time. ‘I wish I had time to put my feet up and write a novel!’ he replied.
I realised, then, that it is in people’s self-important interest to make out that their time is more precious than mine.
Now, when people tell me how busy they are, I tell them how busy I am not.
Spot on. Three cheers for Candida Crewe! A wristband is yours whenever you wish to claim it.
You can read the whole article here http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2289314/Life-slow-lanes-just-losers.html#ixzz2MtFi9KTT