Christine Hohlbaum’s Power of Slow made a deep impression on me at the start of the year, and I have been trying to practice Slow ever since. It’s time for a progress report.
It’s not been easy, but I’m getting there. My main challenge was to increase the length of time I can sit in one place and read one item without checking on my phone or social media updates. I decided this had to happen in a structured way, so after all my other morning routines (morning pages, dog walk, breakfast, laundry, dishwasher, evening meal etc. etc) the next stop for the day is a favourite quiet (because as yet undiscovered by pushchair groups) local café to read in peace for an hour. Sometimes I leave my phone at home, but increasingly I have it with me and discipline myself to not take it out of my bag.
Once I have perfected this skill of absorbed reading, uninterrupted even by the mere thought of checking my phone, I will set myself a new challenge.
Slow progress on slow.