Atanu Dey writes:
I believe that the ancients in India were so successful in being creative was because they meditated. Meditation is the ultimate time out. Of course, they could meditate because the culture allowed that sort of luxury. In general, our culture does not afford that luxury any more. Those who are too poor materially hardly can take a time out; you cannot meditate on an empty stomach. And those who are not materially poor are fairly caught up in a rat race to make more money and acquire more stuff; these have been brainwashed to believe that ones self-worth is tied up with how much stuff they can get their hands on from the glitzy malls. You cannot meditate if you are too busy shopping.
Even if one does not go all the way to meditation, I think it is good to sit and relax and do nothing for a change. Just stare at the grass growing. It could make you more creative or whatever. But one should not just do stuff for instrumental reasons, I believe. Sometimes one should do things just for the heck of it. Taking time out is a luxury and one should indulge oneself from time to time. It is the reward for having worked and earned.