Relax (it's summertime!)

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This month’s subject is based on the beautiful Dutch word onthaasten, which literally means to slow down, decelerate, relax, and such. The van Dale dictionary describes it as “to rush less” and “to live and work at a calmer pace” and defines it as “a conscious choice for relaxation, particularly in response to pressure, stress, workload, and burnout.”

With the summer vacation coming up, I thought that this would be an interesting subject to explore together as I can imagine that many of you are looking forward to a more relaxed period over the summer months. Let us take the opportunity to explore onthaasten in the context of mindful living and how we can respond to the demands of our lives more thoughtfully so that we can remain in charge of our lives instead of being lived.

Tonight we will have a look at the factors in our lives that seem to push us along, and we will search for options to come to grips with them. Wouldn't it be nice if we could find enough calm and serenity in our lives to last us past the summer vacation?

Next month we will look at mindfulness, as in mindful management, mindful leadership, and mindful … relaxation?

Did you know . . .

. . . that the term onthaasten was introduced into the Dutch language only as recently as twenty-five years ago by Jos de Punder and was popularized by minister Margreeth de Boer of the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment?