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Why are you moving so fast?
  Kurt Ellingson 12:00 AM
In todays world of automated convenience, we often havebecome so efficient at "life" that we can't distinguish the days from one another. We eat fast, we work fast, and we sleep fast. Everywhere we look there is somebody sellinga new way do do something faster or more efficiently. We read books with titles like "The 4 Minute Body" and "Work Faster with Less" in an attempt to speed up our daily tasks and presumably make more time for enjoying life. But even when we get the chance to do that, when we get the chance to spend time with our kids or loved ones, it's often all too rushed. Before you know it that time is gone, and the next morning you are heading toan abbreviated gym session, and then rushing off to work fora day offast-pacedmeetings before just barely getting to a speed dating event later that night and finally getting home late for a short restless sleep. And the cycle repeats.

While you can be healthy withthis type of constantly fast paced lifestyle, its far too often not the case. Food that's fast is never very good for us. Working fast is followed in many cases with severe stress of deadlines and the like. Sleeping fast(or getting too little because its a "waste of time") can wreak havoc on our health and immune system. Not only does living in this constant fast-forward effect our health, it affects our life. After-all with a lifestyle like this, even if you are practicing healthy living, you may be "healthy" but are you really living?

The Slow Movement is a global movement with the message of living consciously, Slow Living. This movement isn't a campaign to do everything slowly. Slow living is about living lucidly, it's living aware and present. It's about doing the right things at the right speed.

Authors Beth Meredith and Eric Storm summarize Slow Living as follows:

Slow Living means structuring your life around meaning and fulfillment. Similar to "voluntary simplicity” and "downshifting," it emphasizes a less-is-more approach, focusing on the quality of your life... 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.

Carl Honore explains his experience with Slow Living in this video. Carl is an advocate of Slow Living, and the author of the book In Praise Of Slow.

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