Christmas is busy enough without the combination of end of school year events, preparing for holidays, managing heat, burnt sausages and then the relations coming to stay.
The Slow Movement encourages us to – well, slow down. Slow is the new black if you were to believe all the books written on the subject. Perhaps now is the time with all the bustle, bad driving and endless searching for the ultimate gift to take a deep breath and S.L.O.W.
You could try:
- Slow cooking – Whole food slow cooked
- Slow stitching – Slow Stitch : Mindful and contemplative textile art
- Slow reading- Slow Reading in a hurried age
- Slow writing – The Art of slow writing: Reflections on time, craft and creativity
- Slow parenting – Fed up with frenzy: Slow parenting in a fast-moving world
- Slow gardening – Slow gardening: A no stress philosophy for all senses and seasons
- Take a slow trip – Slow train to Switzerland: One tour, two trips, 150 years and a world of change apart.
The host of RNZ Sunday Mornings Wallace Chapman has a book Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There: A Manifesto for Living the Slow Life. Or you could create a Slow Home – Kinfolk home: interiors for slow living.
Perhaps the ultimate in slowness is to read about snails! A Slow Passion: Snails, my garden and me by Ruth Brooks sounds like the most delightful book. As a gardener frustrated by the damage snails were doing, Ruth Brooks started on a ruthless mission to eradicate these annoying blighters and ended up becoming (slowly) fascinated by their habitats and behaviours.
A Slow Passion is a sweet, funny and surprising investigation into the hidden life of snails, which will change the way you look at the smaller (and slower) things in life.