Slowing down has been an ongoing theme this year. Here are some concrete reasons for my choices.
I/we want to spend time exploring our memories and experimenting with different hobbies, activities, experiences to find joy again.
joy = pleasure = happy = content = relaxed
Feeling joy in our mind is different from experiencing the sensation of joy in our body and spirit too. All parts of me want to experience joy in mind/body/spirit together and AT THE SAME TIME without falling into triggers or panic attacks.
We’d like to experience this joy alone (amongst ourselves) and with other people too.
That means slowing down our current lifestyle to make space for big, scary changes.
- The blog stays at 1x a week.
- Goodbye to Facebook for the final time. Pinterest & LinkedIn stay for professional and practical reasons
- More paper books, less ebooks
- Knitting, cooking, sewing fun
- More activities & experiences = more built-in exercise and play time
- Sleep, meditate, relax, and go to related meetups
- Limit internet & computer use for existing tasks and work/job searching
I tried living in the darkness and shadows with minimal technology and a lot of “old-fashioned” methods of getting things done. The best part about that lifestyle was learning how to “do” things without depending on machines.
I tried living in the “modern” world with its technology and emphasis on moving fast all the time. The best part of this lifestyle was learning how to utilize technology to help me achieve my goals without depending on others to take care of me.
Now it’s time for me to find the sweet spot of lifestyle that makes me happy and continues to support my internal healing/recovery journey.
More big changes are happening whether I want them to or not.
I can make choices now to put support systems in place and flow with the changes. Or I can fight them until my face turns blue and I give in anyways. Which seems better to you?
So maybe this isn’t for you. And maybe it is. Either way, I hope you find ways to bring more joy into your life.
Thanks for reading.