Slow List

This is a list that includes tools, suggestions, and experiments for experiencing slowness firsthand. I encourage you to try one out, to create your own, and to share these on the blog.

1.     Re-encounter your dwelling using only one of your senses, such as smell, taste, touch…
2.     Sit by a riverbank and watch the flowing water for an undetermined period of time
3.     During a silent meal, chew every mouthful one hundred times before swallowing
4.     Practice doing nothing once a day
5.     Invite a friend to a tea ceremony of your creation
6.     Take a leisurely walk down a path that you have never taken before
7.     Leave your watch at home
8.     Read a poem out loud
9.     Give yourself twice as much time to get from A to B and see what happens
10.  Take ten conscious deep breaths before falling asleep

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11 Responses to Slow List

  1. Serge says:

    Every now and then don’t answer the phone. If it’s important they’ll call back!

  2. Diane Rey says:

    Go outside on a sunny day, lift your face and hands to the sky and breath in the sunshine and fresh air, grounding your feet to the earth. Pause.

  3. Monique says:

    I stand in the skywalk in the middle of Fort street and see a view that was inaccessible 50 years ago. I examin the details and bask in the magic of displacing air, oh, maybe 30 feet above the street. Fifty years ago the view was there, but no one could get to it. All that work packed into this structure so that we can reach all these different buildings in comfort and warmth and they have inadvertantly made more!

  4. CJ says:

    Cook real food. Touch, taste and smell the ingredients. Enjoy the meals you have prepared with people you love, in a place you love. Breathe and be present to each mouthful.

  5. thom says:

    … stick your head out of a window and pose for satellite photos

  6. nicole says:

    next time someone hugs you,
    let your feet find a solid anchor to the earth beneath you
    allow your arms to reach out and enfold them, holding gently but firmly
    hold them close while you count three long slow breaths in rythym with each other.
    This is such a nice way to gently connect and be aware of the strength and depth of said connection. 😉

  7. Ian Mozdzen says:

    pick up things like a cup or walk down a flight of stairs in slow motion

  8. Nat says:

    Winter is my favourite time because it forces me to slow down. I stash my bike away, not brave enough for winter-cycling, and walking everywhere forces me to reconsider my route and the time it takes to get wherever I am going. It forces me to really pay attention to my surroundings. The gift of Slow is the chance to meet individuals I would otherwise cycle past without much thought. Beautiful conversations with strangers happen when I’m taking my time.

  9. Pauline says:

    Faire de la peinture sur bois, à l’huile, pour moi c’est comme faire quelque chose comme un enfant. Parfois ne rien faire, être consciente du temps, du silence, etc. Penser à notre respiration, notre posture, etc.

  10. andrea says:

    Wake early, even on a weekend, when the world is still grey and blue and silent. Move about slowly, make a cup of tea, sit outside and listen to the world awaken.

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