Slow life: the art of slowing down to live better

Slow down to live better. "Slow life" as a paradigm to recover the meaning, beauty, creativity and authenticity of life.

Do not store avocado like this: it is dangerous to slow down to live better. "Slow life" as a paradigm to recover the meaning, beauty, creativity and authenticity of life.

We always live in a hurry: caught up in deadlines, respecting schedules, in the frenzy of things to do between home and work, external contacts and family relationships, needs to be fulfilled and the need to escape. There is never time to do everything and, when you do things, you push yourself to speed: to be able to do everything. Always projected into the future, contact with the present is lost.

No surprise, therefore, that one of the increasingly widespread pathologies is stress: our days, the mainstream cultural and economic environment in which we are immersed try to impose on us a model of life, work, achievement and success which, in fact, is increasingly anti-human. It aims at the result and does not care - in an ethical way - about the process.

So we just have to try to survive as we can: our body does its part. It reacts, urges us but at some point it becomes too much. And for too long. Run into resource shortages. He can't take it anymore: and here is the stress, the tiredness, the fatigue. And, also as a reaction, the exasperated need for excessive liberating activities or individualism according to competitive, aggressive, prevailing models.


Relaxation techniques are not the solution. It's not the holidays. Sure, they work, and how. But it is good to consider them only a remedy to be used "as needed". What is really needed is not a "medicine" that cancels or displaces the problem but a real one paradigm shift. A different perspective with which to look at life and thus guide one's choices as far as possible (and more and more). Slow.

This is what "Slow Life - The art of slowing down to live better" (Cindy Chapell, Editions Il Punto di Incontro). You know the Turtle by Bruno Lauzi who went fast fast and only when, forced by the "bruises" of life, she slowed down did she start to find happiness, made up of relationships, beauties never seen before, healthy food and correct rhythms?

Here, in a nutshell, it's all here. “That's all” so to speak, of course; inspired by movimento slow food, this philosophy of life allows you to slow down, rediscover fundamental values, allow yourself the freedom to listen to yourself and your body, really open up to others, recharge yourself in nature, eat healthy, review your work rhythms and your choices , refocus without being self-centered. And then, again: offering yourself more freedom, experimenting with new paths, taking breaks just to think, consuming less and better, striving for simplicity.

As with the Tortoise, it is about consciously regaining possession of one's life and honoring one's human nature. Give yourself and take your time. We are not just talking about physical and psychological well-being; there is much more at stake: only in beauty and in the ability to stay in the present, in the expanded space of the here-and-now, can we rediscover our deepest qualities, give space to creativity, build meaningful relationships, develop our own empathic and heart skills, to get in authentic contact with Nature, to feel the breath of the sky and the sacredness implicit in the connection with what surrounds us.

With perseverance and determination (necessary, when everything around you would like "andale, andale!", A Speedy Gonzales always running), becoming slow is a journey: a gradual process, one step after another savored to the full. And transforming.

Anna Maria Cebrelli

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