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Slow Living: A Healthier Lifestyle

After I took yesterday’s photos and came inside with Charlie it began to rain in earnest. It wasn’t a pounding violent rain. But a steady pattering rain.

It rained all day long.

But today the sun is out. I noticed very early this morning, before the sun even lightened the sky, that the morning glories were already open to greet the day.

The sun did not even have to kiss the blooms to wake them up.

Purple morning glories

Charlie and I watched all day yesterday as the rain kept coming down. There were puddles in front behind the bushes. The sparrows were nowhere to be seen.

I don’t recall taking a photo of the actual rain coming down, but yesterday I captured this.

Rain falling on my patio

Can you see the rain? It is the vertical lines you see in the photo above. Then they gather on the leaves of the tree and hover there for a time.

Rain falling on my patio

It slowly seeps down the leaves, pausing there before it falls. Like beads gathered for a necklace.

I love the rain. The sound of it. The sight of it. The scent of it. It is sometimes the lullaby that rocks me to sleep.

It is the nourishment that feeds my plants.

Water hose on patio

The plants like it so much better than the water from my hose on the patio.

You can watch the plants after a rain has been pressed upon them and see that they stand taller and layer more beautifully.

Rain is their music and they softly dance to the melody until it is over. Then they glisten in the light that comes after the rain stops.

Yesterday I showed you the stages of the sedum autumn joy plant. Today I will show you the passion vine as it blooms. It starts like this, below.

Passion flower before it blooms

Then it begins to open at the top. The petals fall in layers.

The center is like a jack in the box that springs up as the layers open.

Passion flower as it starts to bloom

This is the flower as the petals spread apart.

It is one of the most intricate flowers I have had the pleasure of seeing or photographing.

passion vine flower

Passion vine flower

What I write about here is possibly mundane for some. Pedestrian.

But to me, every time I see the ways of nature, the opening of a flower, it is a miracle to behold. A delightful experience.

You could call the way I live my life slow living.

From wikipedia:

Slow living is a lifestyle emphasizing slower approaches to aspects of everyday life.

People every day are constantly living at a fast pace which is making them feel like their lives are chaotic – but with slow living they end up taking a step back and start enjoying life being conscious of sensory profusion.

You can read about the Slow Movement here.

You can read even more from the Collective Hub here.

And this is a great blog post about how to start living a slow life at That Sunday Feeling blog.

Slow living is being mindful of our movements and activity. It is enjoying the small things through sight, sound, and smell. Slowing down. Stepping away from the rat race.

I encourage you to begin the practice of slow living today and enjoy the benefits it will bring to your life. In the same vein you can also read about the slow food movement.

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28 Comments

  1. Wow! Just look at the beauty of that bloom on the passion vine.
    What a beautiful surprise inside the petal when it opens.

  2. What a nice thought, to consider slow living. I feel as if I am always on the go, there’s always so much to be done….I wish the weeks away, yearning for the weekend, and then on the weekends I have such a list of things to do I don’t take near enough time to relax.

  3. I think that taking life slowly and enjoying the moments are the paths to contentment. Your photos are wonderful and a good illustration to the slow life.

  4. I love how writing on your way of expression of the rain. Also how you tie it in to our daily life’s. A beautiful way to express and look at rain in a different type of elllustration. When I experience rain again this will make me look at a different way. I enjoy your blog but the first time I have made a comment. Thank You for sharing.

  5. Slow living, that is how I have always lived especially on the weekends. I like to be home, enjoying my space, baking, reading, time with family and my pups. I have never been one that needs to go out and about all of the time.

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos! Have a wonderful Sunday!

  6. Brenda, your photos of the Passion Vine are spectacular! I don’t think I’ve ever seen that plant. But now that I’ve seen yours I think I have to have one! It’s structure is just amazing and you have captured its essence I think! Tell me, does it winter over or do you bring it inside? And does it have just a few blooms or quite a number of them?

    Slow everything is better, I think. Maybe it’s just because I have always been more or less a slow person! I am not comfortable moving and doing at a fast pace. It upsets me when for some reason I am forced to. I’ve felt many times that there was something wrong with me because I couldn’t easily function at a faster pace. But, now I think it’s more healthy and sane to live on the slow road. You certainly can see and appreciate the world around you more and thus experience gratitude for all the beauty and awe-inspiring sights and sounds. I’m going to be checking out the “Slow Movement” links you posted. Thanks for sharing them.

    Gotta go to bed now or I’ll be moving slower than usual in the morning! Have a great and relaxed weekend, you and Charlie.

  7. The Passion flower is just beautiful. I love soft rains too. Everything looks so pretty after a soft rain.
    Happy Weekend.
    Hugs,
    Kris

  8. I love living a slow laid back life. Your blog today is very inspiring, your flowers are so beautiful and I can almost hear the rain. It is all so relaxing. We have not had rain for awhile and I am looking forward to it.
    Peace be with you
    Marilynn and Hayley

  9. I am trying to include some slow in my life lately. It is very challenging some days working in a school. Have you read thehomespunheart.blogspot.com? Monica has lots of posts about finding beauty and slow living. She even wrote a book about it which i think is titled Slow Lane. Enjoy a slow weekend with little Charlie.

  10. Love the article! That passion flower is beautiful. I’m all in favor of slow living. A simple, uncomplicated life is the best.
    Carol and Molly
    xoxoxo

  11. It’s a pretty sad commentary on the state of people’s lives today when they have to learn how to slow down and smell the roses, for goodness’ sake! 24/7/365 is now how we are built to live. Nobody is. Meanwhile, while I was out cleaning up the patio from the nut shells my tribe of squirrels leave behind, I noticed the robins are back! They disappear around the end of August and were essentially gone almost this entire month. I could hear one every now and then – one of the robins who hangs out in the neighborhood and winters over – but the earlier sounds from spring and early summer had disappeared totally. Once again, though, Mother Nature is on track even if we humans are not.

    1. It is sad. Things were not this way many years ago, yet life was harder because we were less industrialized. It is the hurry, hurry, hurry we get into our heads and have to sometimes force ourselves off the treadmill.

  12. What a beautiful post. The words so poetic, the photography so beautiful, and slow living such a meaningful, thoughtful way to live. Thank you for today’s post. Very uplifting.

  13. Slow living has a good sound to it. Yesterday we planned to go on a drive to a park when my husband got home, as a way to celebrate the end of the work week. But it started raining and we stayed home and sat for awhile on the covered back porch with cups of tea while our cat watched from a window. Then we went in and had some leftover chili for supper. It was a lovely, slow way to spend a cool, rainy evening. This morning I woke up really early and decided to make some pumpkin bread. The cat kept a close watch on that activity too! The bread will be a nice treat throughout the rest of the weekend. I hope you continue to have peaceful slow days.

  14. I love this post. and the pictures especially. I am a rain lover too.
    maybe one has to live in a climate where you get so little of it perhaps.
    but then I’ve lived all over and I still have loved the rain ever since I was a child!
    just the sound of it. and an open window. and a good book. and the scent of the rain.
    I live a very small and slow and wonderful life. isn’t it wonderful!