This made me smile and wonder if stress is all in our heads:
So here we are in the 21st century struggling with the everyday puzzle of our hectic lives – dreaming of “simple living” and an opportunity to get away from it all!
Well it turns out this thinking isn’t so typical for our generation at all. In fact Henry David Thoreau longed for the exact same thing – only he lived back in the 1850s. And he actually ended up doing something about it by staying two-years, two-months, and two-days at a cozy, "tightly shingled and plastered," English-style 10' × 15' cottage in the woods near Walden Pond.
His purpose was a voyage of spiritual discovery:
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.
Go figure! Doesn’t that sound awefully similar to our own stressed out dreams! And if so what does that tell us about "perceived stress" in our everyday hectic lives?
Tomorrow I will introduce you to an American best selling author I met who, inspired by Henry David, decided to disconnect from the world during 6 months: no iphone, no internet, no television! Find out what she learned from the experiment and how on earth she managed to convince her teenage kids to be part of it all!
You can apparently read Henry Davids book about the experiment called “Walden: Or, Life in the Woods! Although it is said that the English in it is quite difficult to understand for us non-native.
Perhaps it would then be more fun to take this very modern online-video-workshop on ZenTV called:
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(as always once you've bought the workshop it is added to your own personal My ZenTV Library so you can watch it whenever you log on.