Slow Living

Majority of us these days live jam-packed, busy, technologically-saturated lives. But has all this 'more' we've thrown into our lives added any true value to it at all? We've noticed a trend the more we speak to likeminded people; the more 'more' there is in life, the less quality they find. Select people are choosing to leave the city and adopt a 'slow lifestyle'. This doesn't mean hippies, nomads or extreme off-the-grid doomsday preppers. This means people who want to get out of the day to day hustle and bustle, to have some garden space, spend time away from television screens and malls. Slow living is a means of structuring your life to a point of "voluntary simplicity" and "downshifting," emphasizing a less-is-more approach, focusing on the quality of your life (not the unnecessary quantities).

An icon of this lifestyle - Rohan Anderson of Whole Larder Love

An icon of this lifestyle - Rohan Anderson of Whole Larder Love

This doesn't mean you can't frequent the city as often as you wish nor does it mean you can't live in luxury, nor does it mean you can't use technology. The point is, you are consciously spending more time with friends and family, more time outdoors, more time watching a sunset, harvesting your food - more time consciously doing things as opposed to keeping ourselves uselessly distracted. When your day is packed with activities such as these, does time not seem to pass 'slower'? While, on the contrary, a high-paced city lifestyle leads most to say "there's not enough time in the day."

 Simplified interiors - By architect Mikael Bergquist.

 Simplified interiors - By architect Mikael Bergquist.

Simplified exteriors - By architect Mikael Bergquist.

Simplified exteriors - By architect Mikael Bergquist.

Overwhelm, stress, and a sense of disconnection are common symptoms of trying to deal with too much in a fast–paced, commodity–filled, and highly technological culture. Slow Living addresses the desire to lead a more balanced life and to pursue a more holistic sense of well being in the fullest sense of the word. In addition to the personal advantages, there are potential environmental benefits as well. When we slow down, we often use fewer resources and produce less waste, both of which have a lighter impact on the earth.