Seeking Slow: Reclaim Moments Of Calm In Your Day by Melanie Barns
The availability of books explaining how important it is to slow down & be in the now have been growing by leaps & bounds. Is it really any wonder when we consider the digital age we are living in? We can mostly blame devices like smart phones for this huge disconnect. It didn't start there though. Removal from the farm family, from the natural ebb & flow of the world creates the first disconnect. At least we still could be social. But now, we are removed from the land & others. Instead people go to work & then live through their devices, indoors. Every single moment must be recorded & posted to social media. Why? I guess for the little hit of dopamine a person receives for each "like" they get, so they post some more.
This book tries to gently steer the reader to a "slower" way of living. Really, it should be thought of as a way of living disconnected from devices & living in the now. Living in reality if you will. Don't live your life through the lens of your device. Live your life through the lens of your eyes. Touch, see, feel, smell. Not so you can post it to social media. So you can experience it & enjoy it. Rather than mindlessly scroll thorough your news feed, read a book. Relax. Go for a walk. Play with your kids. Play with your pets.
Seeking Slow discusses how to make time for yourself mentally & physically, along with the mind body connection. It also discusses how to simplify our living space. How clutter causes anxiety (note this mostly affects women, men don't seem to mind a chaotic home like women do, go figure). The benefits of spending less because lots of endless stuff doesn't necessarily make one happy. Yes, we absolutely need certain things in our life. The problem is we collect too many things, creating chaos & clutter. In the vein of stuff, sustainability is also discussed. How to shop for clothing that lasts, rather than support the throw away clothing cycle. Suggestions to shop local & to connect with the land by growing your own, be that a tomato plant, a rose bush, or a victory garden. Whatever works for you.
This is a slim book at 128 pages. The photography is beautiful & relaxing. Most of the information within has been said before in other books. I have found myself seeking out books of this type much more frequently. Ironically (or not), I run my own micro organic family farm full time. I do not own a smart phone. I do utilize the internet daily for my business & to shop as I'm very rural. Yet, even I, living what others think of as an idyllic life, am stressed to the gills. There is never enough time in the day. Never. I am burned out. Burned out from the constant labors, burned out from the constant consumerism. Heck, I'm tired of getting looked at like I'm a cave woman because I don't have a smart phone (like that's going to prevent me from being online!). My point is that a need to reclaim a peaceful existence can affect any of us.
If you feel the need to slow down & reconnect, this book is worth your time. Find a comfy spot where you can sit quietly, make yourself a nice cuppa & read without expectations or goals. It might be just the thing you needed.
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