”Trust the seasons changing, trust your inner voice; it knows.”
More often than not this fast paced society triggers feelings such as anxiety, worry and not being good enough. We’re constantly being bombarded with stimuli from outside sources, whether it’s through social media, the news or other peoples’ opinions and judgments. At times it can be very difficult to turn away from all the distractions, however much it would benefit us. But what are some of the steps we can take, in order to live a more simple and slow life?
You don’t have to move to the countryside, declutter your entire home or spend time in solitude 24/7 in order to embrace slow living. You can of course, if that is what you want. However, slow, simple living is more about incorporating a more meaningful way of living. In other words, it’s something that is highly connected with your mindset, hence how you wish to spend your everyday life. What kind of intentions are you setting for the day ahead? How do you wish to communicate and interact with the people in your life? Do you dedicate time to yourself?
Set some time aside to reflect upon these things.
Make yourself a comforting cup of tea, or brew yourself a nice cup of coffee and grab a piece of paper and pen.
What does it mean to live a more meaningful life?
What is important to me?
Where do I wish to direct my focus?
Worth mentioning – slow living has nothing in common with being lazy, and not accomplishing things. Rather, it’s the notion of not having to do it all, but to cut things out that doesn’t serve you, and leaving room for the things you love, the things that are necessary and above all, the things that make you happy.
There are many suggestions on how to live a slow, simple life, however, how would you describe it? Find your own pace of living, whether it’s moving to a smaller town, embracing a more minimalistic living, spending less, working more effectively, cooking meals with your kids, having deep face-to-face conversations with loved ones, setting time aside for creative endeavors, or simply by spending precious time in nature each and every day.
”Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”
– Lao Tzu
Slow, simple living can in a way be seen as living in accordance with the seasons. Just as every season – each and every moment you experience in life, every feeling you’re feeling – serves a deeper purpose. When we take time to slow down and grasp the meaning behind an event we gain a better understanding on who we are, and what we want out of life.
Know that it’s completely okay, and necessary, to be winter when you’re winter, and summer when you’re summer. Trust the seasons changing, trust your inner voice; it knows.