When I first started this blog I knew what it was going to be about and how I was choosing to live, which (in my mind) was 'slow living' but when it came to finding the words to actually explain my thoughts I admit I found it a challenge.
Of course there are no doubt a gazillion other people out there choosing to live a similar life like me (just take the number of blogs focused on this subject for starters). This is comforting for me after being in contact with people who don't get it, I can enter the blog world and connect with others of similar thinking.
|Homegrown timber. Hubby's been hard at work with the new wood splitter|
As I read the Wikipedia page I was nodding and saying "Yes, that's it! This is Me. This is what I'm all about!"
|The timber keeps us warm over winter.|
I could just never find the right words.
What hit the spot for me most were The Qualities of Slow Living (Yes, actual Qualities, hooray!):
Holistic – taking into account as many areas of life as possible, including the personal as well as the social, and both short and long term consequences
Elegant Sufficiency – having enough for fulfillment, while avoiding waste and excess, valuing quality over quantity.
Savoring – taking the time and directing awareness to fully engage with your experiences in ways that are enjoyable and life enhancing.
Distinctive and Tailored – valuing the unique characteristics of each place, person and moment, and fostering this uniqueness in your own life.
Environmentally Sustainable – being conscious of the environmental impacts of your choices and actions and seeking to reduce harm and enhance restoration.
Slow Living borrows from the earlier and related lifestyle approaches including Voluntary Simplicity and Simple living which emphasize consuming less and being more self-sufficient. However, Slow Living emphasizes building relationships with local producers over self-sufficiency, and puts a greater value on enjoying life and psychological well-being. (source: Wikipedia)
|It creates cosy fires that one doesn't want to move away from.|
This is IT, in a nutshell! To veiw the page, click on this link.