Health and Leisure

A guest post by Bob Clark, Committee on Publication for Florida

The “Healthy Living” section at Aol’s internet newspaper carries a timely article by Russ Gerber titled, Better Leisure Time, Better Health.

It contains an unusual definition of “leisure” by German philosopher, Joseph Pieper, whose modern thought was deeply rooted in the venerable teachings of Plato and St. Thomas Aquinas.

“Leisure is the disposition of receptive understanding, of contemplative beholding, and immersion — in the real.” Joseph Pieper

Gerber amplifies this definition by telling us that,

“This reality we’re to immerse ourselves in transcends the ordinary stuff of the world that we hold in our hands and see with our eyes and that we’ve been taught is foundational to existence. What we can experience during periods of stillness, when we contemplate the nature of things, is a glimpse of life as it really is.

Our thought is drawn to the idea that life is spiritual. Instead of thinking of time away from routine obligations as merely escape, think of it as the freedom to contemplate the nature and harmony of the things of the spirit, and to experience the rewarding effect such a state of thought can have on your attitude and health.”

Great to know that modern thinkers…and bloggers….are tapping into some ancient wisdom from the world’s best thinkers and translating it into modern modes of healthy thought.


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