In today’s busy, crazy, chaotic life, it can be difficult to remember to breathe, reflect and take some time to slow down.
When delving into minimalism, I came across its close cousin: slow living.
What is it? Well, in my understanding, it’s about taking more time to do the things you really love and do less time doing the things you don’t. Simple, right? Easier said than done though.
It’s about more intentional living. Curating your time. Doing things more intentionally and being more mindful.
You’ll notice that once you slow down a bit, you’ll see the beauty in the ordinary. Indeed, this beauty is everywhere and in everything. We just rush past it and don’t take it in enough.
Try and be more intentional, more mindful, more peaceful. Maybe, try listening and observing more than speaking.
Taste the flavours in the food you eat.
Feel the air that blows through your hair and on your skin.
Hear the birds waking you up in the morning.
See. See the world through a new, more mindful and intentional set of eyes.
We’ve become so set on looking for the imperfections, the wrongs, the pain. We try to fix that. And that’s alright. But why not embrace the beauty too?
This Spring, and next year, which will be my sixteenth one, I want to wake up again, see the world through new eyes and be more mindful.
In the words of Carl Honore, it’s time to embrace your inner tortoise.
‘Nature does not hurry and yet everything is accomplished…’ – Lao Tsu
I think nature is trying to tell us something.
(Considering this piece of writing is about slowness, I wrote it really fast. The words were just flowing!)