Slow Living – Stop Rushing Through Life and Start Savoring the Moment

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“The Slow Living movement questions the sense of ‘hurry’ and ‘craziness’ generated by globalisation, fuelled by the desire of ‘having in quantity’ versus ‘having with quality’.”

– Faraaz Tanveer

Most of us rush around trying to get as much done as possible. But is this the best way to live? Should we consider joining the slow living movement?

The slow food movement began in Italy in the 1980s. Since then, it’s developed into an international association with more than 1,500 convivia (chapters) around the world. According to Slow Food, “Slow Food means living an unhurried life, taking time to enjoy simple pleasures, starting at the table.”

But slow food is about more than pleasure. The organization also “envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet.”

The slow living movement has expanded to cover other aspects of daily living, including relationships, community, work, school, travel, parenting, fashion, hobbies and housing.

The idea is to focus on quality more than quantity. Slow living involves supporting local, sustainable and “fair trade” agriculture and other businesses. It also involves building relationships with people and places, including protecting cultural heritage and natural areas.

As you might imagine, “slow” is more of a metaphor than an actual speed. In fact, Carl Honoré writes in his book, In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed:

“The slow movement is not about doing everything at a snail’s pace. Nor is it a Luddite attempt to drag the whole planet back to some pre-industrial utopia. The movement is made up of people who want to live better in a fast-paced, modern world. The slow philosophy can be summed up in a single word: balance. Be fast when it makes sense to be fast, and be slow when slowness is called for. Seek to live at what musicians call the tempo giusto – the right speed.”

What do you think about slow living? Is it synonymous with minimalism? An overlapping concept? Or something all together different?