“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper” W.B. Yeats In my last post I discussed the effects on our nervous system and resulting impacts on daily functioning from living in world that surrounds us with stimuli that is more intense and comes at us faster than ever before. We need to give ourselves breaks from the bombardment to reduce stress and take off the glove of dulled senses. We can also mitigate some effects of this hyperstimulation. Through refinement of…

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As the cool water envelopes my feet I sense my continuity with the water, indeed with all of life. I am home exactly where I am. This was a thought I had yesterday while out rock climbing on the river near where I live. This was not some kind of mind-blowing spiritual revelation. Just a simple moment of uncomplicated awareness. What did strike me on reflection though was how much this is related to why I am doing the Slow Project and Way of Nature retreat guiding. While…

True crisis situations are fabulous at cutting away the cloud of things that just don’t matter. Like a crucible, things are boiled down to essentials. A couple of months ago I followed my intuition to Nepal. Our group was in the remote and sacred Tsum valley near the border of Tibet when the earthquake hit on April 25. Although the area was close to the epicentre we were fortunate to be walking in a place where the valley widened out and all 20 of us were unharmed away…

Of all the things I passionately believe in, the power of deep experience is right up there. In fact, a large part of my commitment to Slow comes from an appreciation of the relationship between Slow and depth. One of the great tragedies of our Fast society is that we only skim the surface of life’s experiences and furthermore become unaware of this shallowness. With our senses so thoroughly bombarded and hence numbed simply as a coping mechanism, our perception of life becomes grossified. By slowing down and…

The ability to focus is absolutely crucial to being able to live Slow. For the last month, myself and a small group lightly held the intent to inquire into the nature and mechanisms of focus. Here is what I discovered to be foundational to my ability to focus: 1. Health Crystal clear thinking benefits greatly from the energy flowing through a healthy body, along with escaping the distractions of physical complaints. As we know, physical and mental health go hand in hand and it works both ways. I…

Improving your ability to focus is possibly the best way to enable Slow to permeate your life. Here is a brief overview of why focus is fundamental. I will expand on this topic in the coming month to coincide with the Fabulous Focus Challenge. Staying with a moment longer allows you to go deeper Being present surfaces previously unseen details. It also exposes the depths. I like to think of it as moving from 2D to 3D as we sense into a moment with our hearts and minds….

Empty yourself of everything. Let the mind rest at peace. The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches their return. They grow and flourish and then return to the source. Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature. – Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching Fast culture is rampant but the counter trend, the Slow Movement, is underway. The intent of The Slow Project is essentially to contribute to the movement restoring balance by helping implement principles and practices that counter the…

“Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life” – Thich Nhat Hanh Ever noticed how absorbed in the moment you can get at the beach with all its sensory delights – the cool breeze on your cheek, crunchy sand behind your toes, the sound of the waves crashing, the sunlight sparkling off the white foam and rivulets…

One of our Slow Principles is about honouring natural rhythms and cycles. The winter season is part of our annual cycle that is more and more getting overlooked with the manic pace of modern life and our exalting of exhaustion as a badge of honour. While us humans don’t literally hibernate, the principle is still valuable to consider. Winter is a time for going inward, nourishing ourselves, resting and rebooting so we can emerge in Spring revitalised for our next growth phase. This going inward is important for…

When I first started considering the concept of Slow, one of the reasons it resonated with me was that it is completely congruent with one of my other passions, facilitation (the art and science of serving a group to enable it to perform its best work, among other definitions). Here are a few of the congruences.  1. Presence and intention as the facilitator’s main role I consider presence and intention to be at the heart of the Slow conceptual framework and I am wondering if this is also…