Slow Living April
Readers! Welcome to a small crash course in slow living (my perspective of course). In the coming weeks of April I will be writing some short pieces on decluttering (physical and mental), resting, and happiness all in an effort to slow down our lives and focus on what is most important to us. But to begin the journey, I want to touch on the premise of slow living, and the importance of values.
Slow Living is Intentional Living
In my opinion slow living is about considering the things in life that matter most to us, and then diligently removing the excess i.e. living an intentional and meaningful life. Thus it is a process of self-discovery that brings us back to basics (in essence, simplicity). It does not require an actual slowing down of life per se, but eludes to intentional choices that create an experience less cluttered by irrelevant social ‘noise’.
In the words of Elon Musk, “Don’t just follow the trend. Boil things down to the most fundamental truths you can imagine…and reason up from there.”
The Importance of Values
Values drive slow living. They are our fundamental truths and they add meaning to our lives! Without a clear understanding of what you truly value, there is no context for understanding the superfluous, or the absent elements in your life.
To give you an example, my wife and I value; health, positive relationships, contribution, sustainability and minimalism, connection to nature, family, passionate work, life-long learning and creativity, self-reflection, financial freedom, and coffee! These are our fundamental truths. They are the baseline that we are constantly working from, and guide all of our decisions. They allow us to keep our life simple by using our truths to filter all of the excess in life. Thus we have more of the time, space, and well-being we desire, while living a life of more meaning! Awesome!
Start Now and Slow Down
Sit down with a journal or piece of paper and get to truly know what your fundamental truths are. Then assess your current lifestyle against them. Are you living what you value? Or is there room for change? This process creates awareness that you can build upon to create a life that is uniquely yours, all while removing yourself from the ‘rat race’!
What is the true crux of all this? A life of more meaning, contentment, contribution, and happiness. Be your best self!