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Slow Living is Hard To Do

March 8, 2017

“Hurry is not of the devil; hurry is the devil.” – Carl Jung

It’s morning. Just opened my eyes. I can feel my mind already racing. I get up. Make my way towards the kitchen. Because, well, coffee. Before I’ve had time to even think, my phone is already in my hand, sending messages and checking Instagram.

My best intentions to wake up, pray and meditate, or just simply sit in silence usually drown in the incessant noise within.  I’m a hurry-er, a worry-er and all-around anxious person by nature. And one of the hardest things for me to do is be still.

In a world where we’re applauded for how much we accomplish and how fast we get things done, being still or doing “nothing” is almost a crime. Everything is in an instant. Our food, services, messages, emails and our gratification. Innovation today is more about making life easier, more convenient, more efficient and less about actually inventing something (unfortunately). Multi-tasking, as harmful as it is to our brains, is praised as a “must-have” skill. Switching tabs, skimming through things while sending texts. There’s no escaping these conditions. They’re all over us like stink on poop.

As I learn more and more about what it means to live minimally and adding value, I’ve come to understand that this lifestyle is counter-cultural. We’re going hard against the grain. But, I’ve realized that merely throwing out my things won’t make me a minimalist. Simply purchasing ethical and sustainable products won’t make me a conscious consumer. Or trading the city for a life out in the woods won’t make me live at a slower pace (although, I’m sure they’d help).

I do confess: slowing down is hard to do. Truth is, I feel like I need stay busy and do a lot to be productive. For most of my life, people who took their time frustrated me. Blame it on the NYC state of mind, but my mind has been programmed a certain way. However, today my priorities have changed. Plus, let’s be honest, life in the fast lane is exhausting.

Today, every day, there’s a trade that happens. Letting go of much but also gaining much more. A daily rewiring of sorts in my head. A shifting of habits. Deliberately setting aside of time for what is meaningful. Thinking things through. Being Intentional. Looking inwards. A pursuit of what brings joy and fulfillment. A life of simplicity where less really is more.

Slow living takes time. And patience. Calm. And take deep breaths. It means unplugging. And saying no, but saying yes. It’s about trying again and again. I have yet to master it. It really is an art.

The art of slow living…

 

 

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6 Comments

  • Reply Kayla March 10, 2017 at 7:01 am

    I can so relate to this article, I definitely find it difficult to just be still, but I have realised that I’m actually more productive when I do just take the time to just live a little slower.

    • Reply Camila March 10, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      Me too Kayla! Especially being a creative. We’re used to moving fast, doing several things at once and over consuming that we end up stifling our creativity in the process. Plus, we’re not present in our moments. They come and slip through our fingers and we’re left with flashes in our minds.

  • Reply shelley March 10, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    I absolutely agree! You’d think there was some prize for being the most busy – but there’s not. It’s either slow down or realize that your life flew by and you hardly realized it.

    • Reply Camila March 10, 2017 at 8:46 pm

      So very true dear Shelley! So true. 🙂

  • Reply Erica March 17, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Camila! This is so beautiful written and a topic we in the slow living rarely admit- that it’s hard! Some of the things you said really resonated with me. So much, in fact, that I’d love to quote you and perhaps write a blog post on my own blog, inspired by this. ( I would credit you for writing the original post and link to you.) Let me know if you’d be okay with this…I could even quote and tag you on IG…Just ideas. Send me an email if you’d have any interest in figuring something out :)xx

    • Reply Camila March 19, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      Go ahead, my dear! A tag or mention is good. Even better, a link hahaha.
      I’m so so happy to have inspired you! <3

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