Slow living is so often equated with country life, an unhurried pace, fewer modern conveniences and less pressured work. Many people also tie the idea of slow to laziness, boredom or a lack of energy.
But in today’s episode of The Slow Home Podcast, I try to put some of those misconceptions to rest as I chat with Carl Honoré – world-renowned slow living advocate.
Carl is the author of three books including the international best-seller, In Praise of Slow. He is also a celebrated TED speaker, fast sports fiend, traveller, father and husband.
In today’s conversation he and I dig in to what life was like for him and his family pre-slow and what steps he first took to create a slower, more mindful life. It’s a really interesting look at the pressures we all live under in today’s hectic, results-driven society and how any one of us can adopt the idea of ‘good slow’ into our lives.
Neither Carl nor I believe that busy and slow are mutually exclusive and it’s fascinating to talk to someone who so passionately advocates a slower way of life while living in a fast-paced city like London.
I hope you enjoy our conversation and, as always, please leave suggestions, questions or comments below.
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What You’ll Hear About in Today’s Episode:
- What ‘slow’ looks like to someone who lives in the city, enjoys being busy and loves the adrenaline rush of ice hockey.
- The importance of community in creating a slower way of life and why knowing your local butcher is part of it.
- Our thoughts on whether slow means simple.
- The moment Carl realised he was rushing through the most important moments of his life.
- Why he almost (but didn’t) bought a book of One Minute Bedtime Stories.
- The first steps he took to slow down and live a more mindful life.
- Carl’s thoughts on the future of the slow movement and whether there is hope for a world that is addicted to speed and convenience. (Hint: there is.)
- How he helped a tech-addicted family regain connection with each other.
Things to Check Out After Today’s Episode:
- Carl’s three books:
- Carl on Twitter: @carlhonore
- TED Talk: In Praise of Slowness
- The post that was inspired by my chat with Carl: Don’t be impressed with busy-ness. Be impressed with intention.