Slow Living | How did I get here and where to now?

I share this personal history because last month a close friend asked me about slow living and what it means, to capture it in words would help me with understanding the whys and whens of my decision to slow down. This was not the first time I was faced with a question like this and I realized last week that although I know clearly what it means for me I haven't yet seriously looked into the genesis, history or formal concept of Slow Living.

As I think back to four years ago, for me, the shift was slow. Go figure. It was a mental shift at first.

An intention. 

Gradual and iterative.

From this mental shift and thinking, my life changed. Actions followed, not in haste but in rather the same slowness, effortless and determined sometimes met with uncertainty and anxiety. With a goal but no rigid self-imposed deadline. 

It started of course, as with most creative things and me, a hurting heart and a decision. A conscious decision to live with intent, an unconscious decision to live slow, more meaningful and more fulfilled. 

The term Slow Living, I actually discovered sometime later almost two years in. Slow Living I discovered is part of the Slow Movement that encompasses but is not limited to food, work, parenting, travel, manufacturing, and gardening. If so designed, it can span all aspects of life.

Slow Food is also a concept I support and practice. I grew up in a household that generally praised the concepts of slow food in all aspects from planting, growing, selection and preparation of such, while never actually calling it that. 

As I research and discover the origins of the Slow Living Movement, I am finding it incredible that the lifestyle I have tended towards is so clearly defined by others. 

As summarized by authors Beth Meredith and Eric Storm of  "Slow Living - Learning to Savor and Fully Engage with Life:

Slow Living means structuring your life around meaning and fulfillment. Similar to “voluntary simplicity” and “downshifting,” it emphasizes a less-is-more approach, focusing on the quality of your life. … Slow Living addresses the desire to lead a more balanced life and to pursue a more holistic sense of well-being in the fullest sense of the word.
— Slow living,

Sharing about what slow living means to me, I am forced into deeper introspection and I am finding the entire process interesting and enlightening myself even now as I delve deeper. 

As I take this time to journal and discover the hows and whys of my own slow living process and practices and share more of this journey, I can truly understand where I am now, how I got here – and where I am going. This excites me, my mother always encouraged me to write things down and expressed the power of such a practice. It feels, as I document this, as if I am entering a whole new world myself. 

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