The slow movement is a cultural reaction to the idea that more is more or that faster is always better.
Here are a few more thoughts on the subject.
About choosing to slow down the pace – to savour the minutes rather than wishing time away.
About thinking of ways to get more from less, to aim for quality over quantity and to embrace better over more.
It’s about doing things as well as possible, instead of as fast as possible.
The international slow movement started with the Italian Carlo Petrini's slow food movement and spread to other areas of life and culture.
Achieving slow can be easier said than done. There are lots of things about modern life that can make slow seem tricky to make happen.
Here are some of the challenges to be aware of and to overcome.
Despite the challenges, slow is well worth pursuing. Here are some of the reasons for slow:
The pressures of modern life can leave us feeling that our lives are overly hectic or emotionally out of kilter. Slow is a way to counter this.
Multi- tasking can mean we get more done but the downside of it is that we don’t get to immerse ourselves in the moment. We can find that we never allow ourselves to focus on just that one thing. Slow gives us permission.
We want to find simple ways to restore the balance.
We are looking to leading a mindful life.
We want to 'be there’ for the significant moments of our lives
Choosing to live intentionally – choosing to do things that are ‘done on purpose’ rather than just being passive or reacting to others
Living slow is about learning to savour the simple pleasures of life, make a difference for good and to find deeper and more meaningful connections with those around us. Ultimately, what can be more important than that?