There is a wonderful book I have been re-reading called Go Slow England. The philosophy behind the “slow movement” is to take time to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Life moves along at a tremendous speed, laptops, mobiles, gadgetry…… This results in us struggling to slow down and switch off. However the slow movement is here to remind us that we can take life at our own pace. That we can opt out if we want to and do things our own way in a meaningful and relaxed manner.
“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify” H D Thoreau, 1845
Slow also seems to fit right in with the philosophy of Mindfulness, to be aware of our present experience, to strive to enjoy the moment. I am planning a Slow holiday this year in Devon and Cornwall in the UK. I have booked several 3 night stays on farms where we plan to enjoy the countryside, the animals, the food and take life at a leisurely pace. Nothing much to do but to go with the flow and enjoy the moments as they pass. Slow Food celebrates meals prepared with love and consumed at leisure (the Italians are great at this) and I hope that we will get the chance to really savour the local food and the local sights. We plan to walk as much as we can and value the peace and quiet and richness of the environment. To notice the distinctness and integrity of the people in this part of the country. I think it will be a holiday to remember as we slow down and absorb ourselves in the heart and soul of southern England and leave behind the fast paced modern world that threatens to consume us if we don’t pay attention.