Last week, I shared my plans to conduct a year of slow living experiments, rightly dubbing it The Year of Slow. The idea was born after noticing how much anxiety I was experiencing seeing article after article after article come out about resolutions and goals for the new year. Get more done, make more money and do all the work! It’s not that I don’t want to do any of that. I’ll be doing all the work this year. But in between all that work, I also want to do something else: enjoy my life.
I want to sip my coffee rather than gulp it down. I want to taste the food I cook instead of swallow it up. I want to walk more and really breathe in the air – especially when it is as fresh and crisp as it is here in Squamish. I want to find my favourite spot on the couch and sink into it with a good book. I want to remember how it FEELS to work towards and achieve a goal. And at the end of the day, I want to curl up in bed and notice the weight of the blanket over me.
What I don’t want is to work so hard and for so many hours that I mindlessly get to the end of the year wondering how I did it all. I don’t want to be on auto-pilot. I want to be more present. And while it would be nice to think we could practice being present during every moment of our lives, I’m not sure that’s possible – at least not where I’m at right now. So, I’m starting slow. Each month, I’m going to experiment with slowing down in one area of my life. This month, I’m taking back my mornings.