Monthly Archives: March 2016

Yoga #2

Episode 55 of The Slow Home Podcast - Yoga #2

Until I actually practiced yoga, I thought it was all about being zen and chill and effortlessly moving through poses. HA! And while it might well be those things, this week Ben and I discover there’s a lot more to it, as we find ourselves getting angry on the mat.

Now that we’re halfway through this Slow Home Experiment, I’m starting to get just a glimpse of everything that’s involved (both physically and emotionally) in a regular yoga practice, and I have to say – it’s not as easy as I’d anticipated. Not just in a physical sense (which can be incredibly challenging) but also emotionally. Particularly as I begin to pay attention to my thoughts, patterns and coping mechanisms.

In terms of helping us explore slow living, this experiment is pretty much ideal. Ben’s spending a lot of time focusing on his breath, while I’m learning to be more aware of the tension in my body and how to intentionally let go, and both of these things are a big part of learning to slow down and be more aware in the present moment, which is serving us very well right now!

We also talk about how we’re feeling physically, and why we got so ridiculously angry in Day 9!

Don’t forget, if you want to play along with us this month, join in and tag your Instagram posts with #slowhomeexperiment and let us know how you’re finding it. Enjoy!

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Break the twitch with Anthony Ongaro

Break the twitch with Anthony Ongaro - Episode 54 of The Slow Home Podcast

Every episode of The Slow Home Podcast leaves me inspired, but today’s conversation with Anthony Ongaro was just…beyond. In fact, it’s been damn-near life changing.

I sat down to chat with Anthony in the hope of uncovering his personal journey – particularly how an Amazon shopping addiction proved the wake-up call he needed to make a change. And while we dig into his realisation that  “Amazon is the one-click solution to mostly made up problems,” we go much deeper into intentional living and what it means to break the twitch.

We also talk about the importance of taking those ridiculously easy first steps and – HERE’S THE KICKER – how that first step can very easily prove to be our downfall. When we convince ourselves that buying the book, taking the course or making the mental shift is enough, we find ourselves rich in self-help books and low in actual self help.

I can’t tell you how much I loved this conversation, and find myself thinking about it a lot. I hope you enjoy it too!

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” (Annie Dillard)

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Yoga #1 – The Slow Home Experiment

Yoga #1 - Episode 53 of The Slow Home Podcast Last week, as we wrapped up our no-sugar experiment, we told you we’d teamed up with the awesome Adriene Mishler of Yoga With Adriene for this month’s experiment – 30 days of yoga! Now we’re a week in and already feeling the massive benefits of slowing down and doing yoga erryday. This week Ben and I chat about the initial struggle to get up and out of bed half an hour earlier every day, as well as the inevitable challenge of early-rising kids (see Exhibit A above) and dogs who think the yoga mat is nothing more than Belly Rub HQ. We have managed to get our yoga in every day so far though and are both feeling incredibly well for it. Abs day was tough (in a good way) and Day 7 definitely felt challenging, but even on those days I really, really don’t want to get up and into it, I feel amazing afterwards. Ben’s goal is to be able to touch his toes at the end of the month, or at least some time in the future, and he’s promised to post a progress photo each week, to prove that you don’t need to be ultra flexible or experienced in yoga to get the benefits. This is where he was at the beginning of the experiment: Ben's progress with Yoga Every Day - The Slow Home Experiment And the improvement is already obvious! This is him after a week: The Slow Home Experiment - Yoga Every Day For me, I want to work on being present in the moment and getting rid of my damn shoulder earrings! Not sure how to take a photo of that though, so I’ll be sure to include some awkward tree pose photos or something next week. Don’t forget, if you want to play along with us this month, join in and tag your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram posts with #slowhomeexperiment and let us know how you’re finding it. Enjoy!

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The 5% solution with Scott Eblin

The 5% solution with Scott Eblin - Episode 52 of The Slow Home Podcast

A few months ago I received an email from a listener about her hectic work life. She had just listened to an episode of the pogpast where one of my guests suggested people who feel overworked should simply find a way to work fewer hours. And while she understood the meaning behind the advice, it didn’t apply to her life – at all.

She asked if there was a way she could use slow living to balance her full-time work with family and external commitments while still living an intentional life. After reading her email it became a goal of mine to find a guest who could talk about just that – finding mindfulness amidst a hectic workplace or demanding career. Enter, Scott Eblin.

Scott is a business and leadership coach who works with senior executives around the globe. He teaches them how to adopt mindfulness into their day-to-day work lives and why it will prove transformational not only in their work, but also their home and personal lives too.

I first discovered Scott on the shelves of my local library, where his book Overworked and Overwhelmed caught my eye. But once I started reading his story I knew I wanted to spend some time talking with him. Not only has he experienced the feeling of being overworked and overwhelmed himself, he has used mindfulness, yoga and meditation to turn his health around and manage a potentially debilitating neurological disease.

I loved this conversation so much and could very easily have spoken with Scott for hours. Even if you don’t find yourself struggling with a hectic workplace, there are so many gems in this chat that apply to all areas of life, and listening to Scott’s story is inspiration enough.

One of the biggest takeaways for me was Scott’s advice on how to deal with a stressful workplace:

    1. You needed to look after yourself – no-one else is going to do it.
  1. Don’t look for a 100% solution. Instead, go for a 5% solution.

We also speak about the beauty and importance of taking baby steps every day, the best place to begin and Scott’s ridiculously easy advice to help everyone slow down – right now.

Enjoy!

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