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What Does Slow Living Mean?

November 06, 2017

What Does Slow Living Mean?

In today’s fast-paced society, we are overstimulated every day. We use technology to expedite our lives, maximize our time, trying to cram more into each day. The slow living movement calls for slowing down, or stopping to smell the roses, so to speak. As The Hygge Wife says in this blog, “considers how much materialism and modern technology drive our daily decisions, allowing us to step back and consider whether this is what we truly want.”

Embracing the slow living movement doesn’t necessarily mean total rejection of technology or material goods, but it does encourage us to be more intentional about technology and consumerism.

The Hygge Wife explains how the movement stemmed from the slow food movement:


First came the “slow food movement” which was a reaction to increased production practices. As society become more and more detached from where their food came from and how it was produced, others questioned the impact of this trend. Food that was produced more quickly and with less care meant, often times, that it was of a lesser quality. In response, the slow food movement began, emphasizing traditional food production practices and local farming.

Slow Money and Farm-to-Table
These concepts branched off into their own terms under the ‘slow food’ umbrella, becoming ‘slow money’ and the ‘farm-to-table’ concepts. The term ‘slow money’ emerged from this idea of keeping money local, encouraging consumers to buy goods from small businesses and local farmers. The farm to table concept promotes the consumption of food that has been transported and processed as little as possible, thus the idea that it comes from the farm to our tables.

 

She then breaks down “slow” as an acronym standing for the four pillars of the movement: Sustainable, Local, Organic, and Whole.

Read the full blog here to for more in-depth guidance on how to adopt the slow movement lifestyle.