Strange Loop

September 12-14 2019

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Stifel Theatre

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St. Louis, MO

Unsession: The Dutch Call it "Niksen"

In a time when everything can be optimized for productivity, there is always something you could be doing. What if we made time to "do nothing" as an antidote to all these somethings? The Dutch call it "Niksen." And, as researcher Carolien Hamming is quick to point out, they did not invent or discover this. It has been a thread throughout cultures. Recent research indicates a "purposeless" approach helps manage stress & recover from burnout. Jenny Odell's recent "How to Do Nothing" even offers this as an approach to "Stand Apart", where choosing to "do nothing" becomes quite meaningful. As a meditating coach, Andrew will provide an introduction topic and offer an optional guided meditation in a technique aptly named "Do Nothing." (Also, it should be acknowledged this topic sits precariously in a time when choosing to "do nothing" comes out of, or signals, privilege; though, this approach may be an act of self-preservation. The topic is offered for consideration with our context in mind)

Andrew Lenards

Andrew Lenards