Our everyday life is extremely exhausting. We move from one activity to another, talking constantly with no break, catching up on what’s new, trying to make an impression, and even trying to not hurt people by hurting ourselves. Life nowadays moves quickly that we can’t find the time to pause and search what we want and who we are.
Some will say that they rest often or that they find some time for themselves despite their busy schedule. But this is not what I’m talking about. Yes, having time for yourself is great and I do that often, but what I’m actually talking about is the art of slow living.
Slow living doesn’t mean moving at a slow pace. It means being mindful of everything that you do. From the moment you wake up, cook your breakfast, and your commute to your work. Slow living is a beautiful way to return to your body’s rhythm. It calms not only the physical body but the soul too.
“The great benefit of slowing down is reclaiming the time and tranquility to make meaningful connections–with people, with culture, with work, with nature, with our own bodies and minds”Carl Honoré, In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed
Sometimes the internet shows us this aesthetic appearance of slow living, but it’s more than that. It should be something you do daily where you focus your energy into, not because a blog post shows a picture of tea time that you have to do it.
Slow living depends on the activity you do. You focus your energy into it by being mindful about it. Right now, as I am writing this post, I can hear my sister’s rabbit nibble on boxes scattered on the floor. I can hear a drop of water from the after rain, a dog barking somewhere, and the stillness of the night. I love that I am at the moment doing this. It makes me feel that I don’t have to rush and do something immediately. Slow living is an amazing way to appreciate the small things in life because these are the ones we often neglect.
Here is why I love to go back to practicing the art of slow living:
- Teaches gratitude
- Teaches patience
- Keep you sane
- Calms the body and soul
- You’ll get to know things and people well
- You listen more
- You become happy
- Experience less stress
- Worry less
I wrote something about the art of slow living a while back. But I fall back into the habit of not being mindful of my everyday life that I feel so exhausted. What prompted me to write this and to relearn slow living was because I’m starting to feel exhausted and anxious about my life.
There are a lot more benefits you can get from practicing the art of slow living. These are just some that I love about this art. Below are links to blogs and websites that talk about slow living, and how to incorporate it into your daily life.
- Relearn the Art of Slow Living by Be Yourself
- Discovering the Art of Slow Living by The Sustainable Edit
- The Art of Slow Living by A Girl Named Leney
- Slow Living 101: What is Slow Living by Sloww
- Simple Everyday Tips for Slow Living and A Longer Life by Lifehack