Sometimes it seems like the world is growing ever-faster, with information coming at us with astonishing rapidity. There are so many things to do and see that trying to pack in as much as possible in every moment has become normal. Perhaps the exhausting nature of this type of lifestyle has helped give rise to a sort of counter-movement that takes things slowly.
What is this “slow movement”? It involves various aspects of life, from travel to food. Here is a brief explanation of what the slow movement is all about.
Have you ever gotten back from a vacation and felt like you needed another vacation? Slow travel is the opposite – it’s an actual holiday intended to help you slow down. Slow travel usually involves staying in one place for the whole or greater part of the trip. While you’re in your chosen area, you get to know it thoroughly and connect with the local community.
On a slow holiday, you live as if you have moved into the area, going to local shops and restaurants and cooking at “home” in your villa or cabin.
Slow food is basically a form of mindful eating. It is something of a protest against the fast-paced, fast-food culture that disconnects people from their local ecology.
Slow food advocates believe in the pleasurable aspect of food and its deliberate consumption, celebrating local cuisine and artisan fare. The slow food approach looks to preserve traditions and heritage, and emphasizes the enjoyment involved in eating well.
The slow school approach seeks to connect children with the world, taking pains over the process as much – if not more – than the outcome. Standardized, compulsory education is generally focused on test scores and meeting government standards, but slow schools (or slow education) is concerned with the larger concepts of how children are learning, methods of teaching, and real life experience.
Originating in Italy, slow cities are made up of 50,000 people or less and consist of multiple towns, cities, and communities that agree to meet slow criteria and adhere to particular principles. Slow cities have a traditional feel and have less traffic and general noise.
“Slow books” is almost redundant! But in this day and age of quick info-bytes and e-books, sitting down with a real book is getting more and more unusual. Reading books, in other words, does not necessarily imply slowing down in today’s world. Slow books can be e-books, too; the point is to sit down and read for a period of time that allows for inspiration and motivation to manifest and for stress to be reduced.
Another way in which the slow movement seeks to connect us to our communities is by the use of money. Slow money means investing in local businesses and small enterprises such as farms. Slow money seeks to sustain the local economy.