Slow – Niksen: MondayBlogs | MondayMusings | HopeWriterLife

Slow – Niksen: MondayBlogs | MondayMusings | HopeWriterLife

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” 

Lao Tzu



Go slow to go fast.

Slow and steady wins the race.


We’ve heard these adages time and again. Yet, when we live in a fast-paced, modern society, where everyone is bustling away to accomplish their tasks and pin their goals; these thoughts are put away in the back burner. 

Having said that,

Do you remember the beach holiday where you sat doing nothing, just watching the waves crash in and out?

How did your breath feel? Slow and steady, right.

How was your mood? Relaxed and calm.

What thoughts did you have? Serene and in the moment ones.

That’s what slowing down does to us. Dopamine or the feel good hormones in our body start rejoicing. We feel far more rested, at ease, and in the moment.

Therefore, if we wish to experience an equilibrium in life, going slow is a must have mantra.


Buddha-Doodles- Slow

“Go slow to experience the flow.” 


When the busyness and overwhelm gets to you;

Don’t do a thing. Just sit and observe the world go by.

Stare at a tree, a plant, or a patch of green. 

Stop to smell the flowers,

Walk bare feet and feel the soft grass, brush the soles of your feet. 


Watch your breath – flow in and out. 

Sip your mint tea. Experience the swirling flavours on your tongue.

Read a paragraph from a book.

Listen to your favourite song.

Catch 40 winks. 

Watch the world go by. 

Start feeling aligned with your inner Goddess

Slowing down is like blowing away the stress from your being. 


No, the world will not stop functioning, if you take a few moments away for yourself.

All it takes are few minutes like these through the course of your day – to rest, rejuvenate and reclaim your being.





The Dutch call the art of purposely doing nothing and day dreaming, Niksen.

Someone shared this with me:

First, there was ‘Hygge’ the Danish concept that made staying in and getting cozy. Then there was ‘Lagom,’ the Swedish mindset of approaching life with an “everything in moderation” mindset. Now there’s another Northern European trend that’s being embraced as a way to combat our increasingly busy and often stressful lives: Niksen.

The Dutch concept is as simple as, well, doing nothing.

Niksen- image

Sounds simple, right? Well, as author Olga Mecking writes in her new book, “Niksen: Embracing the Dutch Art of Doing Nothing,” it’s something with which many adults struggle amid pressures to maximize all of our waking hours.

One aspect of the ‘art of living’ is to find out what ways of relaxing fit you best.” There’s not necessarily a one-size-fits-all approach; rather, you’ll discover which behaviours are most effective for you through trial and error.

The practice of doing nothing helps to slow down your body, your breath, improving your mental focus and regulating your emotions.

To practise Niksen, do small nothings at first. Focus on 5-10 minutes at a time, and start your practice sessions in a safe place — at home, not at work or in a busy public place. You may also not be ready to do nothing in the middle of nature, so do it in your bedroom or living room.

You might be surprised to find that there are actual benefits of doing absolutely nothing. When you turn off all distractions, it allows space for your subconscious to expand, ultimately boosting your creativity. When distracted, our mind jumps to the most obvious answers when trying to solve problems.

Research is strong when it comes to the benefits of slowing down, from emotional perks — like reducing anxiety — to physical advantages — like curtailing the ageing process and strengthening the body’s ability to fight off a common cold. These potential health effects might be enough to encourage even the most hectic and overburdened among us to consider carving out time to practice Niksen.

Another benefit of Niksen is that it can help people come up with new ideas. When the ‘Niks,’ do nothing, “the brain is still processing information and can use the available processing power to solve pending problems, which in turn can boost one’s creativity. This could manifest in having a breakthrough solution to a problem on a walk or a great business idea reveal itself while daydreaming.

Niksen is known differently across the world. A visit to Italy will soon have you embracing the concept of ‘dolce far niente’ or ‘sweetness of doing nothing.’ It does not mean being lazy; instead, it’s the idea of finding pleasure in idleness or relaxation.

In China,  ‘Wu wei’ is – non-doing or ‘doing nothing’.  This is the paradox of ‘wu wei.’ It doesn’t mean not acting, it means ‘effortless action’ or ‘actionless action’

But unlike mindfulness, Niksen is not about staying in the moment and being conscious of your surroundings; it’s about letting yourself do nothing, about letting your mind go where it will without guilt or expectation.

Make Slow or Niksen your new mantra, and watch how much you will manage to get accomplished through the day.

Nature does too without hurrying, so will you. After all you are nature’s child!


Buddha Doodles- Nature-Slow
Images Courtesy: Molly Hanh Buddha Doodles

22 thoughts on “Slow – Niksen: MondayBlogs | MondayMusings | HopeWriterLife

  1. I get to read about books that I would’ve made my own. That made me laugh or cry, smile or sigh while reading and that, has always been my favourite part of any book I do and that is the kindle. I have been loving all things fiction as well at this point, so it was a real eye opener for me when i came across “Niksen — A novel of love in an extraordinary and unforgiving world — by Anna-Liisa Salmen” which was an amazing and wonderful review of the story, as much as the writing. While listening though the sounds was absolutely fascinating, I found out that if you didn’t like one character that much, there were multiple characters, as you guessed from the name of my post, but that was one of the ways how they brought their characters up to life which had definitely added a lot to me being able to connect with them even more.
    This is what makes the journey, when we reach every step, feel more important than where we are and also, when we read what makes us stop sometimes. When you try new ideas, you see, feel, taste new kinds of flavour
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  2. I resonate with everything you’ve written here, dear Natasha! ❤️
    Just reading and feeling at peace grips my mind. I started to have moments when I choose not to do anything before reading this idea somewhere – since I was young I felt that having moments of silence, of total peace, of sitting without doing something helps my mind.
    I don’t have patience to wait for the bus, for example, but I could spend hours looking at a tree. 🙂
    Big hug! ❤️ All the best for you and for your dearest. ❤️

    1. Love Hakuna Matata. True as kids grow up Niksen takes over, I can see that happening to me too. 🙂

      Hugs back at ya dearest. xoxo

    1. Sometimes life just sends us these messages when we are going too fast; and I’ve seen more often than not it’s in the form of a health issue, which forces us to slow down.
      Else we just don’t heed to the slow pace.
      And now it’s covid and the related restrictions.

      Every time I’ve gotten sick I have tried to be grateful to that phase, knowing it’s telling me to take it easy. I’m glad both and your your husband have been taking it slow.

      Wishing you loads of good health, joy and laughter in 2022, dear Jackie. <3

  3. The snow and cold have slowed me down. My daily step counts are in the low triple digits. My Niksen intervals come as I watch the snowflakes fall, sunrise reflecting on the lake and and sunset over distant city lights, my new bird feeder (especially when it was vacant for the first several days)… Yet, I miss those daily Florida wilderness walks in the dark before twilight, the rhythm of boots scratching on gravel, too dark to do anything but let my mind wander and reflect..
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    1. I can imagine, dear Kenneth how much you must miss Florida after spending such long, lovely years there.

      But I can see how beautifully you are embracing in the new with all the tender, loving carae from your beloved family and grand daughter too.

      Wishing you immense good health and well being in 2022. 🙂

    1. Keith, you live by the beach side and I think you know no other pace than the slow one. I could be wrong. Lol!

      The coiled spring will have a whole new world to explore when it opens up though. 😉

  4. Excellent advice, Natasha! Hubby and I have become very adept at Niksen since we both retired, and he’s Italian, so we are familiar with dolce far niente. 😀 We had a lot of practice before that, thanks to COVID shutdowns. I hope this pandemic has made people realize they need to slow down and enjoy the little things in life.
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    1. Absolutely so. Covid has been our greatest teacher. Taught mankind to love and appeciate the simple pleasures of life, which come absolutely free of cost.

      It’s also taught us how slowing down can be life altering.
      We as a family have experienced the same.

      It’s fascinating how different cultures have taught us these practises for time immemorial, yet we only manage to imbibe them when the going gets tough.

      Great to have you wing by Debbie. 🙂

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