08 July 2010

Slow and Gentle Food and Living

There is a distinct difference, in my perceptions, between a slow, gentle approach to life and a long, leisurely lunch.

There is an appropriate time for each of us to devote ourselves to resting, eating, enjoying the company of people we especially like, and enjoying time to ourselves. Much of your time might be spent in working to meet the needs of those you encounter each day, while trying to meet your own needs along the way. How do you keep up with the pace of your life?

Digital technology has increased the speed of communication immensely, and with it the pace of many lives has rapidly accelerated, too. Even while sitting looking at a screen, many people rapidly click from link to link seeking new and amusing sensations, the latest news and information, the big gossip stories and sports results, and responses to their emails, online comments and social networking activities.

Interaction can often be good, especially when we learn about ourselves and the world in the process.

But how much are we really learning about ourselves if we are out of touch with the sensations within us that our online lives might be suppressing? How quickly do you eat? How much do you eat? How well do you eat? How well do you sleep? How well do you feel? How well do you think? How do you set priorities and look after your mind each day?

I love my food, as long as it is in small portions, is low in fat and sugar, is of healthy ingredients, and it not too fiddly to prepare. I love my sleep and do not have any telephones or other such technologies switched on in the bedroom (though I usually keep a mobile phone handy for emergencies). The electricity supply in the bedroom is for an electric fan in the summer and an electric blanket in winter, and bedside lights, of course. That is all.

You may have heard about the slow food movement and the slow travel movement.

I prefer quiet food and quiet travel, which may be enjoyed slowly and gently for much of the time, but not necessarily all the time, especially as slowness can often be associated with laziness, stupidity or incompetence. Being present in the moment is fine as a meditation technique but we often also have appointments to keep. Balance in all its facets is necessary if life is to be tolerable.

An introduction to the slow movement - Wikipedia

I hope you will take your time while visiting my blogs, too. They are meant to be tools for reflection, including my own. Your comments will help me to reflect more deeply.

If you would like to read some of my previous posts about food, here are some to start the process:

The perfect afternoon tea

A rural retreat and something to eat

The basics and brilliant chips

The spice of life

I wish you peace, happiness and good digestion!

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