Pull up a barstool with me and relax. I mean it! We need to relax.
This week’s episode of “Pints with Aquinas” is all about overwork, why technology makes us more stressed, and how to find true rest and leisure. We’re going to look at a pretty hard-hitting argument from Aquinas for why we need to be joyful and get some pleasure in our lives. We’ll also talk about:
– What is true rest for the soul (the answer may surprise you)
– The difference between true leisure and distraction
– The sin of not playing (yes, this is for real)
– Some practical tips for detaching yourself from technology
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Jarod Kastl says
First of all, I have nothing completely “figured out”…But, if I am to comment on this, I have to say that disconnecting and relaxing is something this world (Satan) will not allow.
An individual must first WANT to make this happen (desire it). I think like all sins, from my experience, desiring the change has to be the first step; then, asking for it. I mean taking it to prayer and begging the Holy Spirit to be sent to me to allow the change to occur; because without His help, I most likely will fail. Then, I must (relying on His help) make a solid plan as to HOW I’m going to make this change. In this instance, only looking at my phone/computer during “X” times, or powering it off/silencing it so I don’t see/hear it “beckoning me” (like the sirens of mythology).
The frustrating thing is, when I do “go to it” and address the many notifications (and I’m not on FB or Instagram even), I find myself swiping right, unsubscribing, and wasting so much time doing so that I wonder why I even have a phone. The answer of course is that NOT ALL things on my phone are sinful and negative. Most of the phone use I seek is for my spiritual edification (although that is not how it used to be in my past, unfortunately).
A priest in the confessional asked me in the confessional, once during my college years, “How do you plan on not committing this sin again? For me to absolve you, you need to have a clear plan on HOW you will (try to) avoid this sin or the near occasion of it.” It stopped me in my tracks. It was very difficult to be put on the spot and not receive absolution for my sin, but it was powerful for me to hear and consider THE HOW I was going to proceed onward, to the path of success.
I hope this helps someone.
Lord Have Mercy on me a Sinner, and on the Whole World!
Tina Imperato says
Thank you. I enjoyed listening. 🙂 I do love ‘real’ play and make sure I get it! have learned this after 74 years…..
I just became a supporter for you and look forward to more that you share.
God keep blessing you and your ministry.
Mark Osborne says
Downtime sometimes leads me to introspection. Do you think that is a bad thing?