A beautiful day here in Pau. I’m sitting outside working on my laptop and writing this article. Have my cellphone next to me. The birds are chirping. The sun is shining.
What is wrong with this?
Nothing. And then maybe everything.
Technology keeps us moving fast, but isn’t it artificial to stay connected to the world this way? Sitting outside on a gorgeous day using gadgets. I feel guilty. Nature seems to be a sharp contrast to the cold metal in our hands.
Fast life and slow movement
It is a challenge in our fast-paced society to balance a slow life with back to simple basics. Sometimes days fly by so quickly and there is just no time to slow down and take a deep breath. We want everything fast, including our food. Is there a legitimate reason to slow down and sip and savor what life has to offer? Do you have personal reasons for wanting to stay more zen and watch the clouds move while lying down on freshly cut grass? I try to abide by a philosophy of living more slowly when it is possible. A personal goal being less stressed and having more human connection. A feeling of enjoying the passing of time. Do you think slowing down makes us happier? We know that being happy is an essential ingredient in a good health recipe.
Technology and the slow movement
Advances in technology have changed the world but not all of it has been positive. Like many people I see around, I also am attached to my smart phone, computer and Ipod touch. Some of this attachment comes from necessity: I stay more connected to family and friends in my far away home country. Also technology is what enables me to write this blog and connect with readers. But the other part of technology attraction is bad habits. I am on gadgets too much. How can I admit that I love checking the weather daily? Or checking my emails and Facebook? I know I also need to slow down on my screen time, but it isn’t an easy task to do.
These technology tools and toys seem like cold objects but they give a fast connection to the outside world.
Living back to the basics. Eating slower, living slower. One counter stream to our fast industrialized society has been with the slow movement. And it started over twenty years ago with food.
The first slow movement was called Slow Food
Slow Food was started in 1989 by Carlo Petrini. This Italian protested against the opening of a fast food restaurant at the Piazza di Spagna in Rome. How could he have imagined the success of his destiny and determination? Slow Food has now over 100,000 members in more than 150 countries and it is still growing. Bravo to Sr. Petrini on his forward views on food industrialization taking over too much of our real food. I do not agree with all of SlowFood’s objectives but what is close to my heart is Slow Food’s main philosophy of slow eating and slow cooking. Taking time to eat at a table is very important to savoring food. You can read some articles on the blog about slow eating.
Slow Food is one of many slow movements. Slowing down, taking time to smell the flowers and live more simply, having more human connections and not connections from a technological gadget. Striving for a balanced life. Less running against the clock. We can try, at least. Even if we don’t always succeed.
Here are some of the slow movements that you can join:
One slow movement that I didn’t add to the list is: slow drinks. I was doing research for an article on high energy drinks for teens, when I stumbled on the opposite of high energy drinks called slow drinks. The concept appears to be pure marketing to me. Why not label chamomile tea as a slow drink too? Just my two cents.
Have any of you adapted to a slow movement lifestyle? Or stopped using social media like Facebook and Twitter because it just got overwhelming? Love to hear your comments.
Slow down and enjoy the rest of the day.