Getting Rid of Want 1: Gratitude

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.” – E. F. Schumacher (Economist, founder and exponent of “Buddhist Economics”) Slowing down is a constant journey of discovery. This blog is as much [...] Read more »

Hare-Brained or Tortoise Minded?

Coming from a Personal Development background (although I have come to hate that phrase, but I don’t think is the remit of this post!) the thing that fascinated me about the Slow Movement (and because of my experience and interest, the first thing that I thought about when I discovered the Slow philosophy) was the [...] Read more »

Practical Idling #2: Adventures in Baking Bread Pt1

Over the weekend I was catching up on the new River Cottage TV series, River Cottage: Summers Here. I am a terrible armchair downsizers, I watch all these TV shows and read the books and then don’t do anything about it! I remember starting “The Slow Guide to Downsizing” way back in October last year, [...] Read more »

The Best of Tortoise Knows Best So Far… (Part 3: The Podbean Days)

In the final instalment of this “Best of So Far… (up to June 09)” series is the Podbean days. Remember I will be continuing to be using Podbean for podcasts… Save Your Money, Save the World! Being Slow is not just about appreciating the time we have, it is a philosophy built on reducing waste. [...] Read more »

Slow Blogging

Slow gets everywhere! Whilst surfing the net the other night and doing a spot of research on blogging and the Slow movement, I came across this article: Blogging traditionally is a “fast” activity. People demand constant and fresh, regular, relevant updates and bloggers often rush to be the first to break or comment on [...] Read more »

Celebrating Saint Monday

Saint Monday is the tradition of absenteeism on a Monday (Saint Tuesday is the less common extension of this to a Tuesday) The tradition of taking Monday (unofficially) off has been common among craft workers since at least the seventeenth century. The prime supporters of Saint Monday were often the higher skilled and therefore better [...] Read more »

De-clutter your mind to give you space to slow down. Part 3: Lets Get Creative!

Right then. You have your goals, your categories of things you want or need to get done and you have your why, you have abandoned the “shoulds” for now. So, lets get creative about how are going to achieve those goals. Abandon the capture list you wrote at the start of this process as we [...] Read more »