Slow is a dirty word in our culture.
It’s a by-word for lazy. Slacker. For being somebody who gives up. Stupid.
However, many of us, in response to the crazy fast world we are living in, are reclaiming the word slow. I recently started a Facebook group called Slow Jewish Home. It’s a place for Jewish women to connect about how to live a life that is slow, mindful and authentic.
For some, even that can still sound a bit indulgent.
Just this week a client told me that she’s been following my posts on Slow living but she thinks that if everyone lived that way then nothing would ever get done!
It’s partially true. Slowing down does involve saying no. There are some things that won’t get done.
But here’s my question: What kind of things don’t get done unless you slow down?
In my own experience of being addicted to speed, the thing that most suffers from our inability to slow down is our relationships.
Our relationship with ourselves, our relationship with those we love, our relationship with the natural world and our relationship with the Divine are all cultivated when we take the time to slow down and be mindful of our present experience and our surroundings.
Carl Honore, the author of, In Praise of Slow shares this about his personal wake up call: When I caught myself admiring a book of one-minute bedtime stories (Snow White in 60 seconds!), I suddenly realised I was racing through my life instead of living it.
What slow is for me will be different from what slow is to you.
In order to find your own slow you have to work out what is important for you, strip away the things that take you away from the important stuff and then create a life where those important things are at the center. (Paraphrased from Brooke McAlary at Slow Your Home).
For now I’ll leave you with this:
In order to go slow, know when to say yes and when to say no.