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When people talk about their lives, often they describe a life characterized by qualities previously valued only in industrial contexts: speed, efficiency, productivity, and multiple moving parts. People are busy, and while they might complain about it, they also can’t imagine life otherwise.

The idea of margins, of generous space for engaging life, seems to have vanished from our vision, and instead we nurse a bitter cup of guilt and anxiety when we aren’t "making a difference."

What do religious and spiritual traditions have to say about this? How can we make room within ourselves for peace, for slow and careful appreciation of life? How do our traditions help us attune ourselves within to slowness? What internal practices and foci help us slow down?


Featured Panelists

The Hope of Slow Living

The Hope of Slow Living

Christopher Smith

Many faith traditions (and even people of no particular faith) have practices that help them slow down and reconnect with those closest to them and with the places in which they live.

On Truth, Time, and the Beautifully Sacred

On Truth, Time, and the Beautifully Sacred

Rev. Wayne Muller

At our best, we can become Sabbath for one another, become that emptiness, become that vessel into which Life is poured, so that our loved ones, the lost and sorrowful, may find rest in us.

Tied Up With the Soil and Human Work

Tied Up With the Soil and Human Work

Tyler Delong

Those who tend the soil know the long yet no less active pause before the ripening of precious fruit.

Coming to Our Senses: Savoring as Spiritual Practice

Coming to Our Senses: Savoring as Spiritual Practice

Michelle Wilbert

Savoring is the experiential cornerstone of being fully alive and fully acknowledging and taking joy in the mundane.

They Say It Goes Fast, But I'm Not So Sure

They Say It Goes Fast, But I'm Not So Sure

Denise Frame Harlan

I needed to step away from the social buzz, to step toward my family, and myself.

The Practice of the Holy Pause

The Practice of the Holy Pause

Christine Valters Paintner

When we pause between activities or moments in our day, we open ourselves to the possibility of discovering a new kind of presence to the "in-between times."

What Is This World?

What Is This World?

Gill Robins

Take time to allow God to flood you with his love and to restore your soul.

Singing Down the Sun

Singing Down the Sun

Magenta Griffith

Cooking, baking, and brewing are part of the magic, the alchemy, transforming soil and sun and water. These require time and patience.

The Unexpected Blessing of Living With Someone With Dementia

The Unexpected Blessing of Living With Someone With Dementia

Stacy Lynn Harp

When my elderly father moved in, everything slowed down.

Standing Still In the Midst of Action

Standing Still In the Midst of Action

Ambaa

Hinduism teaches us that even if we are working very hard and very productively, there is a part of our soul that is always still.

Commentary From Our Blogging Community

Slow Living: Life with a dumbphone

Slow Living: Life with a dumbphone

Alicia de los Reyes

Life without a smartphone means more time in traffic, fewer photos, and a strong sense of my very small place on this planet. A Public Square post.

The Biblical Virtues of Slow Sex

The Biblical Virtues of Slow Sex

Mark Sandlin

Let’s get something straight, right off the top: sex is good – really good. As I’ve written before, we Christians have a lot of sexual hang-ups, and I believe it’s time for a Christian “sexual reboot.” The Church has taught us to be more than a bit prudish about our sexuality, so we tend to [Read More...]

Chasing After Emptiness.

Chasing After Emptiness.

Ty Phillips

My fingers bit into the carpet as my body tensed. “I can’t breathe!” Panic started racing through me as I felt my body fighting to stay awake. Try as I might, I could not fill my lungs; it was like breathing through water and my chest just wouldn’t fill. As I was wheeled into the [Read More...]

3 Reasons to Practice Sabbath Rest

3 Reasons to Practice Sabbath Rest

Theology of Work Project

Work and rest are not opposing forces, but elements of a rhythm that make good work and true recreation possible. If you’re trying to establish healthy rhythms for your life, here are 3 reasons to try practicing Sabbath rest. 1) We are designed to rest. So God created humankind in his image, in the image of [Read More...]

Breathe

Breathe

Alyssa Bethke

Sabbath. Shabbat. It’s an old, Jewish term isn’t it? I know that the Lord commanded the Israelites to take a Sabbath once a week, but that’s an old commandment right? It may be an old commandment, but it’s still a good principle to live by today. Jeff and I are learning how vital it is [Read More...]

Why Slow Writing is the Only Kind I Want to Do

Why Slow Writing is the Only Kind I Want to Do

Ellen Painter Dollar

Fallow times are as necessary for writers as they are for fields and gardens. We see only silence and stagnation; we fail to recall the necessary preparation that’s happening under the surface.

The Ultimate Summer Slacker List: Reclaiming Sabbath

The Ultimate Summer Slacker List: Reclaiming Sabbath

Erin Wathen

Hey, all y’all “summer bucket list people.” I love you and you’re adorable, and I am in awe of your ambition. But you are really, really cramping my style. Your lofty goals make it hard for me to embrace the epic, glorious laziness to which I am committed for this season. One day, my kids [Read More...]

The Science and Sundayness of Play

The Science and Sundayness of Play

A. G. Harmon

This post was made possible through the support of a grant from The BioLogos Foundation’s Evolution and Christian Faith program. The opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of BioLogos. The other day, I watched a Basset Hound playing with a lizard; to be more accurate, she was [Read More...]

Slow Living: Resisting the Need for Speed

Slow Living: Resisting the Need for Speed

Deborah Arca

“When do we ever find such deep permission, to stop, to see that it is good, this world, this life, this day? Just as it is, without our effort or interference? When do we hear the call, when do we allow ourselves to surrender so completely to non-productive time, to be allowed to be stopped, [Read More...]