Slow Down World
Blessed are People with Calm Hearts
For They Can Appreciate Beauty
And Welcome Strangers
How can process thinking be practiced? One way is by being attentive to the poignancy and beauty of each present moment. No two moments are alike and each occurs only once. Today is the only time we'll ever have today. It will be past soon enough and tomorrow will become a new today. No need to be antsy.
Galilean Love: An Alternative to Hurriedness
There is, however, in the Galilean origin of Christianity yet another suggestion which
does not fit very well with any of the three main strands of thought. It does
not emphasize the ruling Caesar, or the ruthless moralist, or the unmoved mover.
It dwells upon the tender elements in the world, which slowly and in quietness
operate by love; and it finds purpose in the present immediacy of a kingdom not
of this world. Love neither rules, nor is it unmoved; also it is a little
oblivious as to morals. It does not look to the future; for it finds its own
reward in the immediate present.
- Alfred North Whitehead, Process and Reality (343)
The Slow Revolution:
as presented by the Royal Society in England
"The last ten years has seen a burgeoning of the Slow Movement in all aspects of life from management, travel and education to science and work.
The RSA brings together a group of thinkers and practitioners who have each been exploring ways to bring the principles of 'slow' to their life and work – whether in finance, culture or fashion. As well as sharing lessons from their own fields, they will discuss how more of us can deal with the addictive nature of speed, apply the brakes and improve our quality of life, creativity and well-being...More
Speakers: Carl Honoré, author of In Praise of Slow; Kate Fletcher,reader in sustainable fashion, London College of Fashion; Deepa Patel,co-director, Slow Down London; Gervais Williams, award-winning fund manager and author of Slow Finance.
A Poem by Naomi Shihab Nye
The Arabs used to say,
When a stranger appears at your door,
feed him for three days
before asking who he is,
where he’s come from,
where he’s headed.
That way, he’ll have strength
enough to answer.
Or, by then you’ll be
such good friends
you don’t care.
Let’s go back to that.
Rice? Pine nuts?
Here, take the red brocade pillow.
My child will serve water
to your horse.
No, I was not busy when you came!
I was not preparing to be busy.
That’s the armor everyone put on
to pretend they had a purpose
in the world.
I refuse to be claimed.
Your plate is waiting.
We will snip fresh mint
into your tea.
by Naomi Shahab Nye
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