DISTRACTION, ENTERTAINMENT, PLEASURENone of them have negative connotations, although in a puritanical cultural environment they may have. I do find it interesting that most of us feel that we should invest our free, unassigned time to one of those three pursuits. What do you like to do when you have no obligations? More importantly, do you truly like it? or are you distracting or entertaining yourself in order not to think about how little you know about what you like, because commerce has been dictating what is fun since your first tv commercial as a toddler?
My head almost exploded when I read this mornings “fashion and style” section of the NYT. I am not linking to it because it occurred to me that they are counting on my and your social media mention of our exasperation with the article on the correct outfit for meditating, so it “trends”. It was this shameless attempt to liken a spiritual practice such as meditation to a form of entertainment that requires the purchase of correct equipment in order to do it properly. And how do you know you are doing it properly? You obviously derive pleasure and are completely distracted from what you want to avoid! It seems that you increase your chances for success if you buy $995 Donna Karan pants.