An unexpected thing happened today. I did a headstand during my yoga practice. This might not sound unusual for someone who does a reasonable amount of yoga, however I haven’t tried headstands for years. The last time I did one was probably about 4 years ago and it triggered the injury in my neck from being hit by a truck so I stopped attempting it. I think I had probably done about one before that without assistance. Today however, I felt the urge to do some headstand preparation…

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Self-awareness is one of those fundamental capabilities that helps you achieve whatever it is that you are striving for. Self-awareness has been on my radar a lot recently. It has been a topic of recent workshops and I feel like it is the right time for me to bring more subtlety to my own self-awareness. Through doing my own retreats and semi-regular daily practice I have developed more self-awareness but without much thought as to exactly how I wish to be using it (the realisation of which is an…

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…

Einstein said “make a problem as simple as possible but no simpler.” This is a fine balancing act, especially dealing with a complex problem when you cannot know all the factors at play or see the interactions between them. The problem situation at one point in time is not the same at another point in time. Quick fixes rarely fix anything in the case of complex problems. The approach to strategy in response must be to build in the ability to allow for emergence; allow for inevitable revelations…

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…

As I mentioned in my post on how I got to Slow, one of my first big lessons that still echoes inside my head is the importance of being good to yourself in order to be of any use to the rest of the world. I have identified a number of ways in which the Slow movement can help a changemaker become more effective. I will present these in a series of posts. The lesson about taking care of yourself is so important that I have noted this to…

Leading up to the New Year, I had planned to write a substantial blog post on intention setting. As the time drew nearer however I became increasingly anxious about that. Not because I couldn’t write about the theory and practice of intention setting, but because I still feel there is a decent gap between I intend to be and where I am. I felt like I would be being disingenuous writing about intention setting from this state. But then I remembered that the point of this phase of…

As I make my own Slow transition, I have been reflecting on just how thin I had been spreading myself, the detrimental effects of this, why it occurs and how to correct it. Along the lines of my habit, intention and routine blog posts, I’ve had to face the fact that trying to do everything, no matter how awesome those things are, leads to only half doing everything. which is frustrating at best, and can be depressing. Carl Honore describes this as doing everything hurriedly and nothing well, a symptom of Fast culture. Slowing…