SLOW - A Sublime Life of Wonder

by: EJ on 09/24/2016

Today's blog is a guest post from Cecile Andrews, author of Living Room Revolution: A Handbook for Conversation, Community and the Common Good; Less Is More: Embracing Simplicity for a Healthy Planet a Caring Economy and Lasting Happiness with Wanda Urbanska; Slow Is Beautiful: New Visions of Community, Leisure and Joie de Vivre; and Circle of Simplicity: Return to the Good Life.

I like to think of SLOW as an acronym for an approach to life —a Sublime Life of Wonder. Slow is about really enjoying the things that matter instead of living frantically and unhappily.

I like to think of the SLOW life as a “culture of connection” — connection to self (you know yourself); connection to nature (you care about the planet); connection to the universe (you feel connected with all of life).

But most of all, it’s connection to other people. In fact, slow food led the way. Slow food burst on the scene a few years ago and captivated people. It said that were not supposed to be eating alone in front of the TV— we’re supposed to be eating good food with people we care about — laughing and loving! It’s  joyful community.

So when I think of the Slow life, it’s about what brings people true happiness — connection to other people — caring about them, supporting them. All the research says that this is the most important ingredient in happiness. 

But community goes even further. It’s also about the greater good, the common good. It’s at the heart of civic life —something we’re gravely in need of today. We must find ways to come together for caring, conversation, and collaboration.

Ultimately, we have to reject the cutthroat culture we live in, and we can begin by taking time for each other —- something that will only happen when we reject our frenetic, frenzied culture.

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