We asked a few of our friends how they Live Slow. For some, it's a daily moment of reflection while for others it is a mindful choice in food and the products they use. We were inspired to create a jewelry collection with Mimosa Handcrafted around the idea and are continuing the conversation as it evolves into something so much more.
How do you Live Slow? Let us know in the comments below!
"Slowing down in order to engage with the land and pay close attention to the web of relationships inherent in raising and harvesting food is at the core of farming. The folks who invest their lives in feeding the rest of us have chosen a challenging path,
but one replete with the daily joys of hard work and patient craftsmanship. Anyone who has ever baked a successful loaf of bread or put the finishing touch on a hand carved stool can understand the feeling of accomplishment (and fatigue) at the end of a farmer's day."
"In a jam-packed, fast packed, electric city and environment I like to visualise how Live Slow looks like. It is a place in the hinterland with a view of the sea, a perfume ingredient garden, a river and time. To achieve this place and how it makes me feel whilst living in the city, I rise with the sun and everyday I can, I swim in the ocean pool at Bondi Beach. The salt, the rhythm, the time taken to think or not, to look or not. The connection to nature slows me down & promotes mindfulness. On other days a walk on the beach is just as good, with the sand underfoot and the wind in my hair. Whilst exploring Sydney's beautiful foreshores I support #3forthesea and pick up 3 pieces of plastic to save our seas."
"'Once the past has been breached, it is usually annihilated, and there is no stopping the forward motion. But it is precisely the loss of connection with the past, our uprootedness, which has given rise to the 'discontents' of civilization and to such a flurry and haste that we live more in the future and its chimerical promises of a golden age than in the present with which our whole evolutionary background has not yet caught up. We rush impetuously into novelty, driven by a mounting sense of insufficiency, dissatisfaction, and restlessness.' -
Carl G. Jung
I mean, he wrote this many decades ago now! Incredible, huh? Living slower when we can provides our minds and bodies the time to reflect, connect with what and who we truly are - which is quite ancient - and to be in a beautiful dialogue with our truths, those of the people around us, and nature's. Inertia causes us to miss so much and experience so little. It's a thief a lot of the time. I'd love to be remembered someday, if I am at all, not as someone who excelled at multitasking but as someone who is present in her life, someone who witnessed others and the world around her...without her head down in her phone."
"For me living slow looks like taking a minute to kick off my shoes, sit in the sunshine, pick some flowers and just breathe in some fresh air!
It is challenging for me to truly be still and Live Slow because my chronic pain is so bad and my natural tendency is to cope with busyness and to distract myself with all kinds of fun things. I'm a textbook enneagram seven!
When I take the time though to sit outside, breathe, pray, and just be, without any distractions, my cup is filled to the brim!"
"Live Slow looks different almost every day for me and it has more to do with listening to my body than to what is going on outside. Some days living slow looks like skipping an excursion to nest at home and clean so our life can flow in the place we live. Some days it looks like playing hooky from work and school with my kids so we can forget the "system" for a little bit and live life at our own pace. Most days it looks like little things, remembering to put on essential oils so when I remember to breathe deeper throughout the day, stopping to eat instead of snacking through work, calling and talking to people on the phone instead leaving our relationship up to the interactions we have on social media. It looks like lighting a candle at dinner and listening to music instead of the background noise of tv. It looks like hot tea and dark chocolate and my favorite book at the end of the day."