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HOW TO… Be idl

In the modern world, where productivity is lauded, taking time out has become a forgotten art, says bestselling French author Dominique Loreau, who published L’art de la Simplicité to international acclai

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Idleness should be a soughtafter luxury, not a form of inertia, says Loreau. ‘With a few possessions and organisation, idleness is a privilege. Too many things demand our attention. Too many of us are driven by passions that are really a form of passivity. We are running away from ourselves. When we live in the present, we are not tired. People are exhausted by the thought of all they have to do, not what they have actually done. Taking time out to contemplate our experiences is the highest form of activity.’ So, where do we start

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