We’ll die of boredom: That’s what leisure-time researchers predicted in the 1970s. And what actually happened? Now we’re all trying feverishly to regain the lost time in our lives. In South Tyrol, sometimes it’s easier. Is our rhythm of life slower than in a metropolis? Are our lives healthier with Sunday still being sacred?
There is one day unlike all the others. A day where we reinvent time. South Tyroleans say that if God had wanted us to work seven days a week, he would have set it up that way in the first place. So South Tyroleans stick to old customs: On Sundays, they live by a different rhythm than during the workweek. Why is this so important to them? What does it mean for their lives with friends and family? Why do they have no desire to shop on Sunday? And what do they expect from an excursion into the countryside? We talked to some folks at the village square in Cornaiano/Girlan. Here are their views on Sunday.
Take good care of yourself!
● Focus on your breath. During those moments where you feel stressed out, try to focus on your breath. Notice how your belly rises and falls. Notice how your chest expands and then contracts again, and how the air you breathe flows in through your nose and then flows back out again. Observing your body as it breathes is a way to anchor your awareness. In this way, we learn to exist in the here and now.
● Focus your attention on what you are doing. As you are carrying out day-to-day activities like brushing your teeth, rinsing your mouth, going to work, etc., direct your attention to this activity and to how the activity feels inside your body.
● Think about the farmers before you eat. When you eat or drink, look at your food in a conscious way, smelling it, tasting it. Try to chew and swallow in a conscious way. Focus your awareness on the fact that your food is associated with many things that have fueled its growth. Can you visualize the sunshine, the rain, the earth, the farmers and the truck driver in your food?
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