What is slow living?
An ideology spurred from the slow food movements in Italy in the 80’s and 90’s, slow living places an emphasis on taking a pause from the rapid and sometimes dizzying pace of urban life and instead taking a more reflective and methodical approach to living. It is purposeful and fulfilling, nourishing and savouring the moments instead of running off to the next. It’s about pacing, steadiness, consistency and considering the long-term surrounding yourself and nature.
Slow living has its roots in living consciously, with intent and mindfulness — allowing yourself to live more deeply.
There are no hard rules with slow living, it’s a freeform ideology that allows for us to take a breath and slow down; to appreciate where are now. It can be so hard, especially for us driven and goal chasing women, to let go from our busy schedules and really be present in the moment. To be able to comfortably pause between projects, errands and purchases to reflect on and enjoy what we experience in the clutches of the present.
Slow living is about life. The living part, specifically. It’s about paying attention to it and spending time in the noticing. The holding of hands, the sunrises and unknowns. The love and the anger and the joy and the envy. I often find, whilst in the middle of three deadlines, that I’m stressing out now about a position I dreamt about 5 years ago. We so often get distracted by our new goals and ambitions that we forget to appreciate what we’ve already achieved. This doesn’t mean quitting all our projects or taking weeks off at a time, it’s just about considering a pace that allows us to work more deeply and with purpose.
This is not a quick fix. I’ve been making changes for years and I’m not there yet. Because there is no there. This isn’t a race with a start and a finish line. This is slow, imperfect, intentional and evolving.