Hope you are feeling a sense of renewed inspiration for eco friendly living after our first iteration of The Weekend Conscious last week (if not, you can get the zero waste tips here). This week I was inspired to learn more about the slow living movement I’ve seen floating around Instagram for quite some time now. I’ve heard of slow food and slow fashion, and of course conscious living, and I think the slow living movement kind of encompasses all of that together. To put it simply, I think slow living is all about mindfulness and intention. It’s a way of staying in the present moment, and directing your attention to that moment, not to thoughts or worries of the future, concerns about the past, etc. (If you meditate, you know how difficult this can be.)
I’ll be sure to share my own experience with slow living (in a big city, too) soon but for now we have 5 experiences and ideas to share with those of you curious to learn more. Happy reading!
• A Girl Named Leney has a lot to say about the slow movement so be sure to scroll through her blog if you’re intrigued, but I wanted to leave her 30 days of slow living challenge here for you to be inspired by. If you scroll through her hashtag, you’ll find all these uplifting posts about quiet moments and simple joys from her + other people in the community.
• I enjoyed these musings on Geoffrey & Grace about finding success the slow way. I think some of us, especially those with demanding jobs or self-employment, will always be striving for more of something. Even if that’s the case, we can all benefit from being more mindful of our work, goals, and aspirations.
• Cait Flanders has a lot of slow living themed post on her site, and this one dedicated to slow mornings really resonated. If you like the idea of slow living but have yet to incorporate it, I think the morning is a great way to start. Whenever i can find quiet time in the morning to write in my journal, enjoy my coffee, or go for a walk, I have this instant feeling of contentment.
• Lastly, my search took me to the simple lifestyle blog Me & Orla, whose author Sara you might already be following on Instagram. Even just slowing down to read her post with 30 slow living activities, soaking up the words that her followers contributed, inspired me to live with more intention.
Let us know how you’ll embrace slow living this weekend.