If you’ve never heard of it, then I’m very excited to share with you an introduction to slow living. Many of us, myself included at times, often feel like life is overly hectic, out of balance and off kilter, this is not surprising given that the world around us is constantly being speeded up. We are consuming, communicating and travelling faster than the world has ever seen before.
Despite having access to so many fabulous things, destinations and friends all over the globe, living at such a speed we are not truly ‘there’ to appreciate them. Slow living is a movement that advocates a cultural shift towards slowing down the pace of life. >Breath<
I stumbled across the slow living movement purely by chance. Several goals I set for 2017 along with various lifestyle changes I have made to overcome a myriad of health complaints led me to discover several articles on The Slow Living Movement. As they say, the Universe provides! I was over the moon to discover such an inspiring movement taking place as was keen to learn more and maybe introduce some changes into my everyday life.
Slow living is a lifestyle emphasising a slower approach to aspects of everyday life and is a truly fabulous approach to life, meaning we can all be a bit more ‘present’ and truly ‘there’ to enjoy life’s little pleasures.
The Slow Living Movement first began with the slow food movement, which emphasises more traditional food production processes as a reaction to fast food that emerged in Italy during the 1980s and 1990s. The term slow is used as an acronym to show different issues:
S = Sustainable – not having an impact
L = Local – not someone else’s patch
O = Organic – not mass-produced
W = Whole – not processed
Of course it’s much easier to talk about slowing down your pace of life than it is to actually put into practice. Given the nature of our busy lives we can’t just take our foot of the gas completely, rock up to work and hour later and be half as productive. With this in mind I’ll soon be sharing a few small, manageable ways to introduce slow living into everyday life.
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu