I’m just getting back from a four-week sabbatical, a special gift from IISC after seven years of service. I grew in leaps and bounds. A lot of what been brewing inside of me for the last year or two started to come together in a powerful way. My time off was anchored by a week-long, life changing, couples’ retreat in Mexico.
I have believed, for a long time, that there is something terribly wrong in the way we work. I don’t mean just here at IISC, I mean in the culture as a whole. Our pace runs counter to our goals, it runs counter to life itself, it is counter-evolutionary. Turns out things like sleeping, eating whole and prepared food (with others!), and leisure time, are all essential to our health, well being and creativity.
And when we are well, we are better for others.
I like the way my mentor, Robert Gass, has promoted the concept of “personal ecology.” It reminds us that we are biological entities. And that it makes little sense to work for sustainability in unsustainable ways.
Going back to human essentials, I like that there is a Slow Food movement, and a Slow Sex movement. Something powerful happens when we slow down – we learn to notice the magic that is unfolding around us. Within us. Among us.
Slowing down is not about having a chilled out life. Slowing down is about becoming more effective in our evolutionary project. Slowing down is about tapping resources that we have neglected. Slowing down is about building a better world together.