I enjoy this concept of a personal space (and/or time) where you are free to be, or do, whatever works for you.
From Austin Kleon:
What’s a bliss station? Here’s Joseph Campbell in The Power of Myth:
You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.
He goes on to talk about the risks emanating from digital addiction, and the importance of ensuring one has enough time to simply be.
“Do not start your day with addictive time vampires such as The New York Times, email, Twitter,” says Edward Tufte. “All scatter eye and mind, produce diverting vague anxiety, clutter short term memory.”
Every morning I try to fight the urge, but every morning my addiction compels me.
“The new heroin addiction is connectivity,” says V. Vale. “The only solution is not one that most people want to face, which is to become lovers of solitude and silence… I love to spend time alone in my room, and in my ideal world the first hour of every day would be in bed, writing down thoughts, harvesting dreams, before anyone phones or you have any internet access.”
Last night our family were at the shopping centre. At one point I sat down in the mall and, in between playing with my 3 year old boy, looked around, watched, and observed. Everybody on their phones, heads down, like so many zombies. We are giving ourselves up to these devices at times when we should be enjoying the experience that is life. There is no need to always try to fill time.