We all heard about slow living, this concept-trend to counter the negative effects of living life in the fast lane. Slowing down to be happy, reducing the risk of burn-out or disease, basically avoiding getting lost or swept right in the wall...
This philosophy of life enables to settle in the present moment, to feel with greater sensitivity our environment, to live more conscious, to recreate more qualitative human bonds.
Slowing down the rhythm and enjoying every moment is the essence of life. While living at full speed, you lose the sense of what you do, the value of things, and you give a step ahead of stress.
Then, of course, it is an attractive and obvious notion in appearance.
But for having experienced the return to the most important, I can tell you that it is not necessarily the easiest thing to achieve. And yet, it’s impressively effective!
The secret: slowing down, disconnecting to better reconnect to oneself, one step at a time, being indulgent with oneself.
So I suggest you start with what could be, according to you, a good first step towards the concept of slow life... Disconnect from the screens, take the time to read, write, practice breathing exercises, walk in nature, spend more quality time with your loved ones, laugh, play, meditate, do some gardening, take a bath, cook, develop your creativity, rest or adapt your agenda according to your energy of the day. I personally like to take the time to measure my energy level in the morning before I even get out of bed. I then adapt the activities to my day as much as possible. It is a very effective method to ensure that we are in agreement with the rhythm our body and mind need, avoid pressure... Learn simply to take care of ourselves.
Because a slow lifestyle necessarily goes through a connection to intuition. Being able to recognize what makes us feel good and let go on what is not right for us. Getting away from the unnecessary, focusing on the main thing.
And you will also see that adopting a more gentle life, it helps to fight against all negative energies, which come to pollute our mind and prevent us from finding sleep. After a few days, the results will already be there: you will fall asleep faster, and your nights will be more relaxing.
Finally, slow living is not only slowing pace, it is a complete lifestyle, which encompasses the way to consume and the other ethical behaviours such as slow fashion, slow food, slow travel, slow parenting, zero waste...
In the end, slow living is to find the taste of simple things back, to become aware of what really matters, to refine our needs and to let go of everything that is absolutely not vital.
Is this way of life calling your mind? What could be the first thing you could put into place to focus on this concept?
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