I came across this gem the other day in the NYT. So many of the people I treat share one common trait, the abject fear of boredom and the running away from being with the self. I try and spend a piece of every day doing nothing, and nothing bad has ever come from it. It's more that so much good jumps out
"Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice: it is as indespensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets. The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration- it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done"
New York Times Article, The Busy Trap by Tim Krieder.