Sunday, February 10, 2013

Slower & Simpler - A Review

After traveling and being inundated and surrounded with so many crystals, gems, minerals, jewelry, beads, and just plain "stuff" at the shows all this last week, I find myself in need of reviewing what slower and simpler really means.  Turning to Wikipedia (of course):

Slow Living is the choice to live consciously with the goal of enhancing personal, community and environmental well being. Slow Living recognizes the role that time plays in shaping the quality of our lives. By slowing down we make time to savor our experiences and to connect more fully with others. The process of slowing down involves simplifying our lives and minimizing distractions so that we have more time and more energy to focus on what is meaningful and fulfilling. By consciously choosing to do less, we contribute to reducing some of the negative social and environmental impacts of our actions.
Authors Beth Meredith and Eric Storm summarize Slow Living as follows:
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.[
So back to defining what is meaningful and fulfilling in my own life...... I'm taking today for a day of reflection, for re-centering, and choosing to slowly get back into the daily routine.  The in-box will have to wait until tomorrow.


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