“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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I love nature metaphors and analogies. Much insight can be gained from observing nature’s rhythms, patterns and cycles. The seasons are an expression of the great cycle of life and can be a source of great wisdom. Winter may test us with cold and rain, however it is a fantastic teacher of accepting what is. When we give ourselves expectations of how things should be, hang onto stories of what we like and don’t like, we miss out on the beauty of releasing expectations and the fear and tensions…

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…

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…