Going Slow and Simple

Slow down sign

The trouble with life on the fast lane is that it can get too hectic and frenzied at times. And it can get overwhelming and extremely stressful if left unchecked. Imagine if you have a slow mode switch that you can just turn on when things get too frantic so you can take the time to breathe and enjoy moments when you can simply be. Luckily, you do not need a magical or high-technology device to slow down. Here are some good reads about slowing down to relax and embrace the present moment.

Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path by Erin Loechner

“I used to think the opposite of control was chaos. But it’s not. The opposite of control is surrender.”

Loving My Actual Life: An Experiment in Relishing What’s Right in Front of Me by Alexandra Kuykendall

“There is no passion to be found playing small—in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living,”

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic For a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist

“Present is living with your feet firmly grounded in reality, pale and uncertain as it may seem. Present is choosing to believe that your own life is worth investing deeply in, instead of waiting for some rare miracle or fairytale. Present means we understand that the here and now is sacred, sacramental, threaded through with divinity even in its plainness. Especially in its plainness.”

Simple Matters: Living With Less and Ending Up With More by Erin Boyle

“There were missteps. Things collected that we didn’t really need. Money spent that might have been saved. Arguments that we’d one day learn to navigate.”