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June 24, 2011


Ken Leebow


I would add one item: *Richard Louv states: "The more high tech we become, the more nature we need."

My nature adventures in Atlanta: Yes, even in a big over-populated city, you can discover the amazing outdoors.

I would recommend checking out his books:

linda mandel

I agree that non-stressful mental activities are good. It's OK to be alone with your thoughts!

I do question if "focus time" is enough to describe all the mental activities that go into researching, analyzing and evaluating complex notions and data. We might not really be "focusing on a task", but rather doing some complex thinking that is NOT focused. The implication of this ingredient ("Focus Time") of our mental processes is that if our brains are working hard, we must be focused on a task, but this could stifle creativity and philosophical thought.
Hope I am explaining this adequately.

The Healthy Librarian


My take on the "Focus Time", is that being very engaged in a "goal-oriented" activity--that is challenging--and this could be photography or research or cooking or writing a legal brief or taking a class (whatever) not only benefits our brains by building brain cells--it also benefits our spirit & well-being, feels good, & builds self-esteem.

But, we also need the down time, and the time to reflect to enable us to have the creativity, originality, & energy to bring to the "focused time". We also need the sleep, play, down time, & thinking time to recharge our brains after the focused time. We can't just work!

Everything builds on everything else--and the balance is necessary.

Does that make sense?

Gael in Vermont

I don't know about you, but I opt for those rare, other-worldly, illuminating moments that David Brooks referred to as...limerence. Those times where the brain is so razor focused at something it loves that we lose all track of time. Those perfect moments. Personally, I don't think we get enough of them...they are fleeting or non-existent in most of our lives but when they do occur, something magical happens in the brain...I just know it. We are so addicted to schedules and time frames that when a real relaxation event is upon us (like a massage or yoga class), we're already thinking of what's next on the schedule! Escape time for my brain is what I crave!

The Healthy Librarian

So well said, Gael. Ah, for more moments of limerance!!!


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