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Are we the last of the daydreamers?

A great read on the loss of time for ‘daydreaming’ by Adbusters. Highly recommended.

I fear that we are the last of the daydreamers. I fear our children will lose lack, lose absence and never comprehend its quiet, immeasurable value. If the next generation socializes more online than in the so-called real world, and if they have no memory of a time when the reverse was true, it follows that my peers and I are the last to feel the static surrounding online socialization. The Internet becomes “the real world” and our physical reality becomes the thing that needs to be defined and set aside.

Source Article:https://www.adbusters.org/magazine/118/are-we-last-daydreamers.html

Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides

Did you know there was an organisation that trains people to become ‘forest guides’ ?

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Forests are the original antidote to stress and stress-related illness. Our species evolved in forests. We spent the first several million years of our existence in them. Then, a couple of millenia ago—in evolutionary time scale, only yesterday–our adventurous spirits inspired a global exploration. This morning we invented cities. A bit before the noonday break we became industrialized. Suddenly, while our genes are still living in the forest, our bodies live in the busy, stressful conditions of modern civilization.

Website: Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides .

On the importance of a ‘Sanity Project’

It’s too easy to get lost in the pressures of the ‘rat-race’ – there are bills to be paid, children to be educated, older generations to be looked after in their autumn years and many more. To maintain their sanity everybody has their own strategies. There is the book readers (I used to be one of them), the party animal, the couch potato, …

For me there tends to me (at least) one ‘Sanity Project’ that allows me to take a break from current pressures and realities and take a (short) break. This very website is one of those projects allowing some time to read up on and share things of interest. I often get comments like ‘how can you relax by doing more ?’, but I guess this must have to do with my personality type. Not all (in fact too many) of my sanity project actually involve physical activity they generally have a few things in common:

  • inexpensive
  • in line with (at least one) passion
  • quickly done
  • very enjoyable

Looking at the success of the revival of the various “hacker” or “maker” spaces there seems to be some revival of this. There are plenty of resources out there on these topic. Some great starting points are in the following list.

One Australian organisation I joined recently the Institute of Backyard Studiess is trying to revive the old tradition of ‘inventing’ things in sheds.

A recent addition to the SlowTech Google+ Community has also been an interesting read on a similar line. http://www.andrewwillner.com/2013/07/preserving-the-past-to-serve-the-future/

What is your favorite ‘Sanity Project’ ?
Do you have too many ‘Sanity Projects’ ?

Love to get some comments on this one. Feel free to chip in !