Slow is the new fast!
Slow Life is not about laying on a couch all day long or going back to the middle ages. It is more about paying attention to details, and enjoying every moment at its fullest.
The Slow Movement began with Italian activist Carlo Petrini's protest against the opening of a McDonald's restaurant in Piazza di Spagna, Rome in 1986. He then founded the "Slow Food" Movement, in opposition to "Fast Food". Fast food fills your stomach not your soul. Fast food’s tastes are super attractive but simple and monotonous. Fast food is rich in calories but poor in essential nutrients. On the other hand, Slow Food is all about the variety of incredibly tasteful ingredients, nutrient-dense diets, genuine recipes, home made or prepared by skilled hand. It is shared with loved ones sitting around an actual table, not eating while standing, watching TV or on-the-go. It is about paying attention to the food, and eating with delight.
Little by little, as our lives are constantly speeding up, a conscious community has started to bloom all over the world. And the "slow" epithet has since been applied to almost all spheres:
"Slow travel" - "Slow Cities" - "Slow Parenting" - "Slow Fashion" - "Slow Architecture" - "Slow Design" - "Slow Sex"... Slow everything! This movement is just a beginning, and we bet it will grow faster (yes faster) than one can imagine!
Here’s a list of little tips we've thought about, in order to get a taste of slow life --a taste of good life:
• Take time for yourself. Love yourself first (this is not being selfish at all)
• Take care of your environment: other people, animals, the planet in general
• Eat whole foods, not processed. The less package and the freesherd, the better. Cook for yourself and your loved ones. Or know the person who made it
• Sleep when you are tired: it shouldn't be considered as lazy to make micro naps
• Make love. Sex is the best thing in life, so don't rush and practice "Slow Sex"
• Do It Yourself: food, crafts, gardening, cleaning products, and more. You will save money, and probably time (yes slowing down can actually save time) in the end
• Surround yourself with kind and compassionate people. Get away from assholes
• Surround yourself with less, but with beautiful and well produced objects (like ours, for instance ;) )
• Take the time to pay attention to little details, always be curious of things you don’t know, open your mind
• Listen to your body and your senses
• Take time to meet friends, party, have fun
• Make exceptions and never feel guilty about it.
• As we all know, the most important thing EVER is: LOVE. Slow living is also about appreciating life by being more conscious of all the love that surrounds us. The best way to fully get aware of this infinite amount of love we get and give is to stop the routine, slow down and really think about it. This can help to feel that amount of love even deeper. So the last tip of this list is: express your love! Don’t forget to tell your love, to yourself and others: for food, for arts, for music, for what you do, for your lover(s), your kids, your family your friends, your everything!
And remember: slowly going toward the right direction is better than speeding up. So keep calm and slow down!
Text by Isabelle - October 2016