Simplify...Simplify
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Written by Edie Weinstein-Moser   
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“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I wanted to live deep and suck all the marrow of life....

Henry David Thoreau, author of Walden

 First, slow down

In the movement toward slowing down and savoring life, one idea afoot is called The Slow Movement. Its cultural importance is such that now Wikipedia defines it in its website:

The Slow movement is a cultural shift towards slowing down life's pace. The Slow movement proposes consciously seizing control of time rather than being dictated by it and finding a balance between using time-saving technology and taking the time to enjoy a walk or a meal with others. Proponents realize that while technology can speed up working, eating, dating, etc. the most important things in life should not be rushed.  

As a recovering workaholic, I recognize the beauty inherent in learning to simply BE, and not always be on the move. After all, we are human beings, not human doings, despite evidence to the contrary.

Quotation As a recovering workaholic, I recognize the beauty inherent in learning to simply BE, and not always be on the move. After all, we are human beings, not human doings, despite evidence to the contrary. Quotation

 Then, notice what you value

 We can take a more active role in choosing how we invest our time.  What do you value?  I invite you to take out a piece of paper and pen and take inventory for a few moments, listing what you love to do. What enlivens your senses?  What makes your heart race with excitement?  What people do you cherish?  Now that you have your list, ask yourself how often you spend time with these folks and how much time you engage in these activities that nourish you.  If the answer is ‘very little’, ask yourself what you are willing to do to turn the balance around. Guaranteed you will still have time and energy to do the necessary work; in fact you will be able to return to what you would deem productive activity with a renewed sense of enthusiasm, because your heart and soul have been fed. And then savor it

Speaking of being fed, a gastronomic extension of the Slow Movement, Slow Food, was founded by Carlo Petrini in Italy in 1986. As an international association, it promotes not just food and wine culture, but also defends food and agricultural biodiversity worldwide. Opposing standardization of taste also means defending the need for consumer information, protecting cultural identities around food and gastronomic traditions, and safeguarding foods, cultivation and processing techniques, and inherited traditions. It also defends both domestic and wild animal and vegetable species. Slow Food boasts 83,000 members worldwide, and offices in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, the USA, France, Japan, and Great Britain.

 



 


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