Here is a concept currently making its way into my life again: Slow Living.
It started in Tokyo when I was talking to a friend about her daily routine. We both used to live in Singapore together, and now I live in Hong Kong while she relocated her life to Japan. Yet despite the distance, we seem to be learning similar things at the same time.
Her life rapidly changed for the better after she moved and I always feel a sense of peace just watching how happy she’s become.
She just absorbed life differently.
She absorbed it…fully.
I felt myself becoming incredibly inspired by her example as I watched the way she would move. It was the way she intentionally made tea for me. The way we stopped to pick flowers and herbs for the house. The way we stepped out of her office to have coffee on the rooftop, just to take a breather in the middle of the day.
I think we are all just so busy working that we never really get the time to enjoy what we are experiencing. The rewards, the people around us, it all flashes before our eyes. Then I look back and realise that they were actually pretty good times. I was just in such a rush to get to the next moment, the next thing on my to-do list, the next step I could take to be “a success.” (Rolls eyes.) Looking back, I could have definitely savoured certain moments and feelings better.
My intention to not rush as much, and to bring this practice back to HK, is something that I started integrating slowly.
It’s releasing anxiety and hurriedness. It’s putting more thought into the process and approach to living. It removes the hollow feeling you get when you get things a million things done but feel so depleted and still, unaccomplished. It’s cherishing the people around me on this journey.
Things that happen slower tend to be enjoyed better. It’s valued. It’s thought out. There is intention and mindfulness in every step.
Fullness. Attentiveness. Richness. Depth.
Faster does not always mean better. And while there will be times I will need to speed things up, discerning which pace to choose at the right time has already made all the difference.
There is no rush.