A Few Words in Support of Slow
The Slow Living concept is a lifestyle choice that puts the emphasis on relationships:
to food & drink
to our environment. It’s a vision for a life in balance between our obligations and choosing leisure. None of these concepts are new - if fact, in the past they were better understood.
Remember when appliances were pitched as time-saving devices? People didn’t think, ‘Yay! That gives me more time to work”. Remember there is a time when people literally died trying to advocate for a forty-hour work week.
These days it’s almost a contest to see who is busiest and most ragged and worn out.
A long (long, long) time ago, I graduated with a degree in Leisure. Even in the early 1990s the evidence was conclusive that reclaiming the luxury of leisure makes for happier people - and that stress based illnesses were on the rise (and preventable). The real cure for the busy-ess of the modern era is place value on leisure, then slow down enough to appreciate it.
Want to be more contented? Slow Down. Do leisure. Unplug.
Here are some of my favorite quotes in support of a slower life:
For fast-acting relief try slowing down.
- Lily Tomlin
In an age of speed, I began to think, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention.
- Pico Iyer
The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.
- Sakyong Mipham
Almost everything will work better if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you .
- Anne Lamott
Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.
- Thich Nhat Hanh
It takes courage to say yes to rest and play in a culture where exhaustion is seen as a status symbol.
- Brene Brown
Put your own oxygen mask on before helping others.
- Said every flight attendant eve