One of the most important concept and practice in the Traditional Roman Spirituality is the idea of Otium.
It is very difficult to explain such principle: similarily otium is a very complex practice to follow.
In brief, otium means inner peace and wellness, a condition in opposition to agitation. Agitare in Latin means both confusely thinking and an intense condition of action, of doing something. In this perspective, an obsessive thinking and doing, typical in an agitation condition, drive a person to anxiety.
Otium is therefore a condition totally in opposition to agitation and unrest. If agitation results from confusing thinking and acting, otium implies blocking thoughts and actions: through a deep concentration and a continuing subtraction, one can achieve the capability and possibility to stop all the actions and thoughts.
Yet otium doesn't describe a physical and mental immobility in profane terms. When this condition of calm is achieved, "discrimination" and separation cease: it can be acquired a perception to be part of the entirety of the Being. One can perceive an awareness to be part of the Everything. Actions and thoughts in a state of otium flow in a natural way, with no efforts: one can reach a condition of inner silence where anything flows spontaneously.
Otium drives to a condition of peace with life and death, with no intentions, will, efforts, worries, needs or wishes, aims, goals and results: one has only the perception to "happening" hic et nunc.
Wellness generated by otium results from the absence of wishes (I don't need anything), the perception of calmness, peace, the awareness to discover our essential real nature, semplicity of life, equilibrium.
Otium implies that our mind can "breath" overcoming the distractions caused by physical and mental agitation, anger, anxiety and unrest.
It is very difficult to explain how practicing otium: I can just say here that it is something one can experience as absolute and natural calm coming from nowhere. Sitting in meditation, possibly under a tree or walking alone along a country road may contribute to experience, with a tutor's support, a feeling of otium: you can feel it when perceiving mental and physical softness, absence of rigidities, a natural personal flowing as component of Everything.
The main components in practicing otium are
- No material/immaterial dependance and attachement