Slow Living | 3 Tips on How to Savor the Moment
Lately, I've been really intrigued by the concept of slow living and I started to look more into it to learn what are some practical tips that I can share and also start implementing.
The concept of slow living is a lifestyle emphasizing slower approaches to aspects of everyday life. Slow living is a rejection of the fast-paced modern life that glamorizes the hustle and bustle. The phrase “slow movement” was coined by Carl Honoré in his 2004 book, In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed
Now "Slow-Living" isn't rocket science, but it can be difficult to add more rest, silence, and freshness into your daily routines when society encourages a fast-paced lifestyle and doing everything quickly. Slow living is an expansion of this simple idea of slowing down enough to enjoy your life and with everything going on this year, I believe we all need to little ways to enjoy life a bit more. Here are three easy ways, I believe we can all start living a bit slower and savor the moment. Now "Slow-Living" isn't rocket science, but it can be difficult to add more rest, silence, and freshness into your daily routines when society encourages a fast-paced lifestyle and doing everything quickly.
The slow-living phenomenon has its roots in the Slow Food movement, started by Carlo Petrini in the 1980s in Italy. Appreciating and favoring mindful eating and conversation rather than the norm of fast-food and scarfing down a meal to rush off to the next thing.
Sit down and eat
Tranfer takeout onto a plate
Put away your phone
Focus on each bite
Create Moments out of Mundane Tasks:
An everyday task like brushing your teeth, making a cup of coffee/tea, driving to work can be a gateway into inviting more intentions into your day. A trick can be setting a timer for 1 minute while you brush your teeth if you find yourself still rushing. Slowly make your coffee/tea and use it as a moment to relax. Lastly, on your commute to work ride in silence or listen to meditation music or an audiobook.
Being bored is actually very hard and once we feel it surfacing we immediately find something to do or something to distract ourselves. Instead, relish in it for a few minutes and I don't mean mediation, literally sit with yourself. As your thoughts wander consider "what do you want to do" and not "what should you be doing". Use this time to see where boredom might take you maybe a soultion to a problem you've bee struggling with will appear or a new creative adventure with arise.
How will you live a bit more slowly, let me know in the comments!