With 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?
“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?
About the Author
Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.