Slow Blogging

You’ve heard of Slow Food, right? Well it was born from The Slow Movement which began with a protest against the opening of a McDonald’s restaurant in Piazza di Spagna, Rome that sparked the creation of the Slow Food organization.

This is the philosophy of the Slow Movement:

“The only thing for certain is that everything changes. The rate of change increases. If you want to hang on you better speed up. That is the message of today. It could however be useful to remind everyone that our basic needs never change. The need to be seen and appreciated! It is the need to belong. The need for nearness and care, and for a little love! This is given only through slowness in human relations. In order to master changes, we have to recover slowness, reflection and togetherness. There we will find real renewal.”  – Professor Guttorm Fløistad

Slow Food is an international movement founded by Carlo Petrini in 1986 and it strives to preserve traditional and regional cuisine and promotes farming of plants, seeds and livestock characteristics of the local ecosystem.

From the Slow Food manifesto:

“Our century, which began and has developed under the insignia of industrial civilization, first invented the machine and then took it as its life model.

We are enslaved by speed and have all succumbed to the same insidious virus: Fast Life, which disrupts our habits, pervades the privacy of our homes and forces us to eat Fast Foods.

To be worthy of the name, Homo Sapiens should rid himself of speed before it reduces him to a species in danger of extinction.

A firm defense of quiet material pleasure is the only way to oppose the universal folly of Fast Life.

May suitable doses of guaranteed sensual pleasure and slow, long-lasting enjoyment preserve us from the contagion of the multitude who mistake frenzy for efficiency.”

Sourced from Wikipedia

The Slow Food symbol is a snail.

Well, I hereby embrace the Slow Blogging movement.

Especially since our marriage and honeymoon, I feel that I am swimming in a beautiful, warm, bliss-filled ocean with little islets and atolls to visit, treasures on the sea bed to spy and dive for, wonderful fish and birds and sea animals to meet .  .  .  .  .  Steve and I have our shared wedding blog to write about much of it on, yet parts do waft onto Inspiraculum.  There is also my stuff – ideas for new artwork, my responses to Italy, the beautiful linen art clothes Steve bought for me in Positano, how my studio is developing, art/film/animation/written discoveries to share and, still, some of the things I saw and did on our birthday trip to Kent last summer.

Sometimes it all feels overwhelming when I think like a ‘fast blogger’ and think that I have to write to a time-line based schedule.  “We got married last Saturday and here are the pictures” BOOM!  That’s it, done and on to the next thing.  Same thing with Facebook, people have been asking about our honeymoon photos, but it may just take a while longer.

I need to slowly and deeply savour my life and experiences and why not blog about it in the same way?

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