We are drowning under to-do lists. We have been taught the longer the list, the more important we are. The more ticks we have on our list means the more efficient, smart, productive & successful we are.
I have written about slow living in the past and I described it as freedom from the tyranny of the to-do list. It is that, and more, but in a deeper way, it's about truly understanding that your value does not lie in what you accomplish.
So, slow living is about separating who you are from what you get done.
It's about letting go of the idea that getting more done is somehow better, and that faster is the way to go. Who decided that that was the case?
It's about doing one thing at a time and devoting yourself to it, being fully present and engaged. Which means that with slow living, you let go of multi-tasking whenever possible.
So you don't miss anything - or anyone - important.
And slow living is letting yourself take the time to enjoy simple pleasures, to savor moments you love.
So, for example, the hygge lifestyle is a slow lifestyle: savoring a cup of tea, lingering over time with family and friends, snuggling under a blanket and letting go of the worry about time.
Slow living is about the pause between each moment of engagement or activity and the next one. It stops the autopilot rush from one moment to the next.
One promise of slow living is that you will know yourself and those you love in a deeper and more intimate way than you did before.
If you're not rushing, you will have and will take more time to listen, observe more what someone is saying without words. And making space for checking in with yourself, too.
What might it look like for you, if you explored a slow living lifestyle?
There's no one way to do it. What would be your way?
See you tomorrow!
Hi, I'm Jeanine
Author, tea matchmaker, self care coach and lifestyle blogger. I help women who want more time for tea breaks & self care simplify, and find time for both. More here.