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  • Gentle Anarchy

    Have you noticed the increasing pressure to move faster through life? …
    I noticed it the other day when I went supermarket shopping. The car park is always quite frenetic, and once I got inside I realised that there was an air of barely concealed hysteria, of people desperate to get the things they wanted, in a minimal amount of time so they could move on (topple forward) to the next activity.

    Picking up on this, I made a conscious decision not to join in. I didn’t want to join the frenetic canter through the aisles to the finish line checkouts, emerging victorious from the fray with my spoils. So, I went Slow.

    I took my time, meandered almost! I read the labels, took time to make my choices and revelled in the sensuous nature of so many beautiful foods vying for my attention. It was glorious!

    But I annoyed a whole bunch of people. I was jostled a number of times, and could feel the collective ‘pushing’, trying to force me to move quicker. Such an interesting experience which has given me so much to think about in other situations…

    Seriously though, if you want try some gentle anarchy, try going deliberately slow. It’s fascinating!! Have you got any experiences of gentle anarchy that you’d like to share? I’d love to hear from you 😍

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  • Toppling forward

    “We are rushing when we feel as if we are toppling forward. Our minds run ahead of ourselves; they are out there where we want to get to, instead of being settled back in our bodies. Whenever we are not present, right then, in that situation, we should stop and take a few deep breaths. Settle into the body again. Feel yourself sitting. Feel the step of a walk. Be in your body.” Joseph Goldstein

    I’m finding this idea rolling and rolling round my head at the moment. My mind is tumbling with ideas, I feel as though by beginning to express myself creatively, just in the tiniest of ways, that I’m beginning to unleash a giant torrent of creativity and ideas. It’s overwhelming, exhilarating and almost frightening… this has parallels with the ‘outside’ world too, everything seems to be moving faster and so much information is making demands on my mind space, my time, everything… I feel like I’m almost being pushed forward, toppling, toppling… ….
    And so, I take a big deep breath, return to my body, sink right down into my very core and take refuge there.
    Being grounded and fully present…and hanging on for dear life as this rollercoaster keeps on going…. does anyone else feel almost pushed over by life? How are you finding ways to cope? I’d love to hear other experiences of this 😍

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  • A lovely tea

    Slow Living Light moment: a lovely tea of crushed peas with wild garlic, seared new season English asparagus, goats cheese and olive oil… all piled on top of a beautiful loaf of sourdough, an unexpected gift from Laura @hartsbakery

    A perfect end to a lovely day catching up with a good friend that has left me with my soul full, my inspiration ignited and a happy tummy. Today has been a good day to appreciate the value of friends and a good old fashioned natter at the kitchen table while the baby sleeps and the kids are at school.

    #slowlivingsquad appreciating a moment of #slowlivinglight of #friendship and #simplespringfood atop of #sourdough 😍

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  • Sharing another moment of Slow Living Light

    A little posy of wild garlic foraged from my woodland walk back home from work. A welcome little gift from nature after a morning spent in meetings and wrestling with spreadsheets. I was thinking of cooking it with new potatoes, asparagus and courgettes, maybe some goats cheese. Or any other suggestions… I’d love to hear how you eat it 😍 #slowlivinglight moment brought to you by the #slowlivingsquad

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  • Books

    Completely and utterly inspired by these two books at the moment. I sat and devoured The Art of Frugal Hedonism in practically one day. It’s so reassuring to read similar experiences shared in the book and to know we’re not alone on this path. I ordered the book after listening to an interview on Slow Your Home podcast which was amazing. … I picked up Wild at the local library on a whim and it has blown my mind. I’ve never read anything like it before, it is so awesome. I can’t hurry my way through this one… each sentence needs to be savoured and digested. Remarkable… … What books are igniting your inspiration and passion at the moment? I’d love to hear your recommendations.

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  • Walk through the woods

    A walk through the woods on the way to and from work is an absolute life saver for me. It’s a valuable transition space for me, a time just for me with no kids and no work colleagues. I deliberately don’t listen to music or podcasts and instead try to immerse myself in the sounds that surround me… the rustling of the leaves, the birdsong, the sounds that make me look behind me thinking someone’s there… … Springtime is bursting all around, bluebells carpet the woods, a patch of wild garlic, birds singing the joys of spring. A sensory overload to counteract the sterile environment of a man made office where I spend my mornings. … #slowlivingsquad enjoying #moments of #slowlivinglight in a #busyday

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  • School

    “School seemed to me little more than a trooping process to educate the young to the cautious life of temperate contentment. Everything was made into corridors: corridors of convention, corridors from term time to term time, corridors from school to university, corridors from sensibly studying maths to marrying an appropriate accountant.” Jay Smith ‘Wild’ …

    Although rather dramatic, this quote sums up my uneasiness at sending our daughters back to school after the Easter break. We had such a lovely time, days spent with no planned activities, no agenda, just acres of time to allow the imagination to run riot and creativity to flow unimpeded. Bands were formed, songs created and sung with all the feeling of rock stars, dollies were the stars of dramas that would give any Mexican telenovela a run for its money.

    And yet, the inevitable question, what did you DO this holidays asked by well meaning adults, stops our kids in their tracks… er, well… we didn’t DO much at all. …
    Don’t get me wrong, it’s not easy and there are inevitable squabbles, moments of frustration and boredom. I also go through times of intense self doubt, should we be DOING more? Are we depriving them of important cultural activities? This parenting lark is an exercise in existential doubt that my teenage self would have revelled in!

    But when we see how much they don’t want to go back to school this morning, a fresh wave of doubt creeps in… should they even be going? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below if you’ve felt the same sending kids back to school or have felt vague pangs when underscheduling holiday times…
    #slowlivingsquad trying to practice #slowlivinglight but finding it a bit tricky when it comes to #slowparenting but I’m glad I had the foresight to take a photo of a corridor type lane so #winningatinstagramforonce