Josef Pieper Rust en kultus, rest and cult


Josef Pieper was christelijk filosoof en het is dus niet onverwacht dat zijn artikel Rust en Kultus uitkomt bij het christelijke sacrament en de christelijke viering.

Josef Pieper was a christian philosopher that is why you could expect he does write about christian sacrament and celebrating in the end of his article about Rest and Cult.

Pieper ontkent de mogelijkheid om rust te vinden buiten een religieuze cultus… Niemand hoeft te verwachten dat een echte cultus kan ontstaan op grond van menselijke beginselen: het behoort tot de natuur van de cultus dat die ontspringt uit een goddelijke bepaling…

Pieper denies the possibility of finding rest outside a religious cult … No one can expect a real cult to arise by virtue of human principles: it belongs to the nature of the cult that it rises from a divine provision …

Pieper maakt scherpe scheiding tussen werk en rust, tussen geestdodend en geestverheffend, tussen de doordeweekse werkdagen en de zondagse rust. Die scheiding maakt het onmogelijk om te denken over mengvormen en over doordeweekse rust.

Pieper makes sharp distinctions between work and rest, between mind-numbing and uplifting spirit, between the workdays in the week and the sunday rest days. This separation makes it impossible to think about mixing work and rest, and about weekdays with periods of real rest.

Stilte, inkeer, bezinning, contemplatie zijn begrippen die Pieper verbindt met rust. De rust die Pieper bedoelt is niet het uitrusten in de pauze tussen de werktijden.De leegte die ontstaat door het ontbreken van de eredienst wordt gevuld door louter doden van tijd en door verveling, die direct gerelateerd is aan het onvermogen om te genieten van vrije tijd; want men kan alleen maar te vervelen als de spirituele kracht te ontspannen is verloren gegaan. Er is een vermelding in Baudelaire Men moet werken, zo niet omdat jehet wilt dan tenminste uit wanhoop, Want om  alles te reduceren tot één waarheid Werk is minder saai dan genot

Pieper links rest to Silence, contemplation, reflection. Pieper does not mean with rest the time of the pause or the break between shifts. “The vacancy left by absence of worship is filled by mere killing of time and by boredom, which is directly related to inability to enjoy leisure; for one can only be bored if the spiritual power to be leisurely has been lost. There is an entry in Baudelaire… “One must work, if not from taste then at least from despair. For, to reduce everything to a single truth: work is less boring than pleasure/rest.”
Josef Pieper, Leisure: The Basis Of Culture

Poem about a sunflower

William Blake : Ah! Sunflower

Ah! sunflower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the sun,
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller’s journey is done;

Where the youth pined away with desire,
And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
Arise from their graves and aspire;
Where my sunflower wishes to go.

William Blake (1757-1827)

Ach zonnebloem, vol ongeduld,
Je telt de schreden van de zon,
Op zoek naar dat zoete gouden land
Waar de tocht van die reiziger ten einde is.

Waar de jeugd vervlogen van verlangen,
En de blanke maagd verdwenen in de sneeuw,
Verrijzen van hun graf en opgaan;
Naar waar mijn zonnebloem heen wil.

Your brain needs rest


Your brain needs to rest. Just be lazy for some time and do nothing.
Your brain is constantly connected to the web, your phone always wants attention, the traffic is getting on your nerves, the noises around you, your thoughts keep your brain busy.
Do prevent stress related brain symptoms and give your brains some rest. Do not check your phone while waiting but just be bored for some minutes. Just look out of the window, watch the sky.
Sleeplessness and burn out are stress related symptoms and prevention is much more easy and less time consuming and more fun than therapy.
There are several ways of coping with stress, such as controlling the source of stress or learning to set limits and to say “no” to some of the demands that devices, social media, bosses or people around you may make.
You will like stillweb and the twitteraccount The Daily Stillness with a little touch of rest or silence every day.
Sustained stress, over long periods of time, and destroys creativity and, as a friend of mine says, “the human soul.”

silent online places

A  place to be silent online?

On stillweb  is written

Find a place on Internet my personal sacred space. Follow the link  and stay for 15 minutes. Is there a website that emphasizes silence and being completely present you can adopt as your sacred digital space?

More about the silent online place on

My question Why look for  an online place for silence?

Could not you just better switch off your devices and be silent for a while?
Or take a silent walk? Wandelen in stilte.
Or join a silent circle, een stiltekring bezoeken.
Dag van de stilte; Day of silence.
List with hits and music about silence Lijst met muziek over stilte.

Contemplating impermanence


When I was in hospital to recover of a traffic accident, I learned to enjoy the important aspects of life and to rethink values and goals.
Enjoy your life now. Savor your relationships and experiences. Find a work/life balance that brings you happiness now. Live as if you expected to live only one more week.

As you set out for Ithaka
hope your road is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Nederlandse vertalingen van Ithaka

On the picture Eliza Laurillard (Rotterdam, 25 maart 1830 – Santpoort, 10 juli 1908) was Dutch poet and preacher.
He could be the author of a well known Dutch Poem
Een mens lijdt dikwijls ‘t meest
Door ‘t lijden dat hij vreest
Doch dat nooit op komt dagen.
Zo heeft hij meer te dragen
Dan God te dragen geeft.
Thomas Chatterton (1752-1770) wrote about the same in English
Too often we suffer most sorely
and thereby feel most poorly
from dreaded aches and pains.

Ithaka, By C. P. Cavafy, (Translated By Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard)
You will find more of the poem of Cavafy on

Connecting and Stillweb

contemplationAbout connectivity and disconnecting.

Reading Question about borders on connectivity. @dustcube wrote about a border being  ‘solitude and contemplation’ – which is inevitably private, and ‘off-grid’ – and it has been a key factor for most people who describe their experience of learning.

The comment of @dustcube made me think of the need of silence and solitude in humans. Some very connected students with a lot of friends do at times want to be left alone. Jenny Mackness has a story about the need for silence … but the cacophony of voices and relentless activity silenced me. I simply could not find my voice.
That connected to Stillweb, It is a bit of a paradox to be online to find stillness. It is an illustration of the need for private contemplation and rest.

On Stillweb I found Silence and disconnected places do foster learning and thinking.

flickr photo by Doc List Photography shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license
(attribution with the )


Langzame kunst, Slow art, 1

sunflowerToday is the start of a new project, Slow art. Or did it start with

In the project:

  • Growing Sunflowers
  • publish about that.
  • Play “Zonnebloem” (Sunflower)  van Sumire Nukina  op bass clarinet.
  • Anything else.

Vandaag begint het projekt Langzame kunst. Of begon het al met

Het projekt bestaat uit

  • Het zaaien en opkweken van een of meer zonnebloemen.
  • Dokumenteren en vastleggen van de groei van de zonnebloemen.
  • Uitvoeren van “Zonnebloem”  van Sumire Nukina  op basklarinet.
  • En alles wat er in de loop van de tijd bij komt.

Er is meer langzame kunst, daarover ook meer tijdens het projekt. In april 2016 is er de slow art dag

More slow art, come back and find more slow art in the project  Slow Art Day (april 2016)

Stillness and self



The theory of narrative identity postulates that individuals form an identity by integrating their life experiences into an internalized, evolving story of the self, which provides the individual with a sense of unity and purpose in life.(McAdams, D (2001). “The psychology of life stories”. Review of General Psychology 5 (2): 100–122. doi:10.1037/1089-2680.5.2.100.).


Thinking about the concept of “self” could make one very confused. Because who is thinking about this self? When I am thinking about my self, who is thinking?

Be aware of the metaphysical concept of the self. It does not exist in the physical world. The self is a concept, it is part of a story about humans.

Self as context is another way to talk about self. It is not about identity, but about observation and experiencing.



and the shift to this perspective of experiental self needs attention.

Software voor beter werken. Software for creativity.

workbreakI do use pause software to warn me it is time to change and take some time to do anything else. A pause helps me keep attention. Most creative ideas come when I have this pause and walk away from the computer.
I do use antiRSI on the Mac.
Workrave is another pause program.

Ik gebruik pauze software om me te waarschuwen dat het tijd is om pauze te nemen. Dan doe ik ook iets anders, ik loop weg van de computer. Deze pauzes leveren me veel kreatieve ideeën. En ik doe allerlei klusjes zoals opruimen. Ik heb antiRSI op the Mac.
Workrave is ook een pauze programma.

Some people do need more control and use selfcontrol.

More about Self Control apps on

Stilte; Stillness

John Cage schreef het stuk 4’33” A Silent Symphony.
“Ik heb niets te zeggen
en ik zeg het
en dat is poëzie
zoals ik het nodig had”

Een opname van het stuk staat in de Daily Stillness.
Ik vind het opmerkelijk dat het stuk zo spannend is. Het is dezelfde spanning die een rust in de muziek kan oproepen. Rusten in muziek zijn moeilijk, het vereist concentratie om een rust te spelen.

John Cage wrote a 4’33” a silent Symphony.
I have nothing to say
and I am saying it
and that is poetry
as I needed it”

In the Daily Stillness. is a recording of 4’33”.
It is a very exiting piece of music. I think every rest in music has that nature. In music a rest is difficult because it needs concentration to play a rest.