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January 05 2018

Primal Challenge Point: Slow Down

By Mark Sisson
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Inline_Live-Awesome-645x445-04With the holidays just behind us, I’d say this weekend offers the perfect opportunity to slow life down and spend some time in flagrant leisure. The holidays are fun of course (they certainly offer some good parties…), but several weeks’ worth of erratic schedules, a full social calendar, and extra to-dos can take a toll—particularly for some of us. It’s little wonder people quietly welcome the return to routine after it’s all over.

January comes with a good deal of capital for self-improvement, but what if we also claimed it as a time for self-centering? If we didn’t have the agendas of the outside world to consider, how would we choose to spend our days? What rhythm truly suits us best?

While most of us won’t be quitting our 8-5 jobs and living like Grok did, we can be more intentional stewards of our free time. What will we do with that freedom?

From Primal Connection:

primalconnection_400x400“How do I see the connection between slow living and Primal living? I think slow living on some level reclaims what is natural in human relations, basic sustenance, and life balance. More than that, however, I like how slow living in many respects brings us closer to some of our evolutionary patterns. …There’s a reason we miss quiet weekends untethered to technology. There’s a reason a city with ample park space and a vibrant pedestrian zone feels more inviting than a congested sea of skyscrapers and cars. There’s a reason we feel uniquely fulfilled cooking and sharing a homemade meal with others. These were the basic experiences of our ancestors. Humanity evolved with rhythms and rituals that modern acceleration has left in the dust. Our psyches haven’t caught up with the change of pace. Life makes more sense the slow way.”

Primal Challenge Point: What will you do this weekend to enjoy a slower, healthier, more self-attuned rhythm?

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8 thoughts on “Primal Challenge Point: Slow Down”

  1. My plan for this weekend is to cook good food, go for some long walks and read. This topic is pretty important to me right now and I am working on simplifying my life to focus on the things I really enjoy.

  2. Last year, I did not spend time outdoors as much as I would have liked. I get caught up in all the “tasks” and “chores” that need to be taken care of around our home in order to be prepared for work the next day. I really enjoy Geocaching and want to make it a goal to spend some time each weekend doing this. It gets us outside, engages our brain in finding the “hide” and gives us a bit of exercise that is fun and playful.

  3. I am going to live life to the fullest. Enjoy my food, company, work and play.

  4. Take a walk or 2, do yoga, declutter from the holidays (working on simplifying in many areas of life), read a book and cook. (I love it)

  5. Walk, beach, read, eat good food, maybe declutter a little after the holidays, much less technology and be kind to myself. Thanks for the reminder!

  6. Being snowed in the last two days has let me slow things down already. While I had to put in a full work day from home, I was able to take breaks as I liked. Yes, it stretched my 8 hours a little longer than normal but I got to go for a run during lunch, stop to have a cup of coffee in front of the fire at any time, snuggle my cat for 5 minutes if I liked. I felt more productive and less stressed this way. If only every day could be so relaxing

  7. I live by weather and tides. I’m a beach bum. I’m reading Mark’s books, and wonder if I’m slowing down too much. I’m 75, and by Mark’s formula, my aerobic goal would be 105. My heart rate is 90 just standing. Can 105 be correct? Maybe the formula is different for older people.