While slow movements — everything from food to even cities — are catching on, there’s still an underlying stigma surrounding slow. It’s wasted time, at best, slothful, at worst.
But slowing down is often a refuge ripe for creativity. When we unplug and play, ideas percolate and take shape.
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Slowing down doesn’t have to mean reducing your speed or halting movement. In fact, it could be a whirl of activity. Maya Stein, a poet and writing facilitator, spent last spring and summer biking 1,200 miles from Massachusetts to Wisconsin – typewriter in tow – collecting stories from strangers.
Why biking? As Stein writes on her website, “I loved the idea of slowing down enough to really see where I am, to go at a pace that allowed for a deeper engagement with my environment.”
Stein also craves movement in her everyday activities, especially after too much silence and solitude. Being active feeds her creativity. “Riding my bike always helps me tinker with ideas – something about that constancy of movement – going for long walks gifts me with a sense of wild abandon and surprise, and playing team sports helps me think about creativity as a conversation, which gives my projects a lot more texture and interaction.”
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With her iPhone in hand, Just slows downs by going on a photo walk. “I see a photo walk as being a type of meditation, especially when I give myself the adventure of looking for the way the light is falling on the subject matter around me.”
On her walks, Just also pays close attention to symbols, such as a heart-shaped rock or leaf, which remind her to “really open my eyes and see the love that is always available to me.”
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In the wintertime, Just replaces photo walks with another ritual: She photographs a different object each day.
Link to the rest at PsychCentral