It serves one well to spend time in silence, to take time for thoughts and make moments come alive. Rushing by, you will miss the subtle details of life, this is guaranteed.
Living out in the countryside is a great way to leap into a simpler life – with one caveat – you must be willing to learn and have flexiblity in both physical and mental strength. It is not a place for the faint of heart. You will make mistakes, you will laugh about them, try not to make them again, move on, get up and do it all over again.
But along the way there are wondrous seconds, the moments in-between when a surprise sunflower lights up the room…
When a simple oat bread, baked in a wood-fired oven, is sliced on an oak cutting board and becomes the base for a tomato and bacon sandwich, to nourish and provide – you must slow down to live well.
Self-reliance is the ability to take care of yourself and your own, in the present time and for years to come. Interest-led learning is one way to get you there. If you currently rely on the store for your bread: invest in a bowl, a spoon, some yeast, flour, salt, oil or lard (egg whites if you are wheat-free) and a recipe or two to get you on your way. The first few breads may not turn out exactly as you expect, but slowing down and perfecting your loaves at a steady pace will provide more enlightenment and joy than just picking one off of the shelf.
Slow down to live well.
Notice the details. The end of summer is upon us and the grasses are drying from the flowers down. Leaves are turning yellow and crisping on the edges, the mornings have a slight chill, hinting at the gradual slowing of days that always come before frosts.
Somewhere, somewhere else, spring is just beginning and starting life anew.
Slow down if you want to follow the patterns of nature, we are moving much faster than her.
In what ways are you intentionally slowing down this week?