January 16th, 2007
exercises for international slow down week:


slow down week is here.
1. walk as slowly as you possibly can for at least 10 minutes.
2. sit in a busy place and do not move for 10 minutes.
3. give yourself permission to not answer the phone all week.
4. take half an hour to peel and eat an orange.
5. have a conversation with a squirrel.
6. watch ice melting.
7. leave secret notes in trees.
8. write in a cafe for several hours.
9. conduct your own japanese tea ceremony.
10. grind ink to draw with, write in your journal using brush and ink.
11. sew something by hand.
12. take photos on your way to work.

Jan 16 2007
11:59 am
mel writes:

In a rat-race world, “slow down week” is a great idea.

Jan 16 2007
2:47 pm
dana writes:

I love your list of exercises to slow down. I read the list very slowly…

Jan 16 2007
4:10 pm
Gayla writes:

I have already done 4 of those things and I didn’t know it was slow down week! Mind you I stop to talk to squirrels fairly often.

Jan 16 2007
4:27 pm
Sabine writes:

Oh, this is a wonderful idea! I can do all of these except perhaps number 3… My family would haave a nervous breakdown if I didn’t answer the phone. literally.
I already write with a brush and ink… a feather quill pen a got for Christmas, with naturally-lost ostrich feathers. No animal cruelty involved. :-)

Jan 16 2007
5:26 pm
Megan writes:

Thanks for letting me know! Slowing down is JUST what I needed this week…so I made a list of ideas on my blog too!

Jan 16 2007
7:07 pm
PJ writes:

…ok, i will.

Jan 16 2007
7:49 pm
Lindsay writes:

Aaaaaah! I didn’t know about slow down week, but I started my day by having a massage. :-) Much needed after several months of knitting for crazy deadlines. I highly recommend it!

Jan 16 2007
8:53 pm
del4yo writes:

I just dicovered reading you that except for the ink, I practice slow down week every day…
I made too much stains making my own ink, that’s the reason why!

Jan 17 2007
1:54 am
Alex aka Gypsy Girl writes:

Wonderful! Just what I needed! But wait. Can we still get to the weekend really fast, though? I hope so… ;)

Jan 17 2007
1:57 am
Alex writes:

So we even know how to slow down anymore really? This post was fun and whimsical but it is also so very IMPORTANT in the rawest, most crucial way because we are pacing ourselves and our precious lives so quickly that we are out of step and out of touch with ourselves and all that make this world so extraordinarily beautiful. Today, because of the snow, I was forced to walk slowly down to the shop, and I noticed everything I never had before from the crazy lines in the sidewalks to my own aging hands. Tomorrow I am going to do number seven for sure, and try to do some more this week. Thanks!!

Jan 17 2007
1:06 pm
nadine writes:

I love the simplicity of your tea illustration. Every day about 4:00pm I sit down for a cup of tea. I know my mum is doing the same thing hundreds of miles away, and for 30mins, no matter what else is going on, I allow myself to just stop and sit with no agenda other than to truly be in the moment.
I will try some of your suggestions this week to see if I can create that outside of my designated tea time :-)

Jan 18 2007
2:40 am
kas writes:

Probably the best advice I’ve ever gotten: when you have ten thousand million things to do and you feel so overwhelmed you could *scream,* just start doing something, but do it as slowly as is humanly possible. Works an absolute treat.

Jan 18 2007
3:05 am
pixie writes:

I love this list. at the spa, where I live my alterlife, we have to walk about five times slower than usual to create the tranquil space desired in such an environment. I jump out of my car and rush in the back door, set down my things and proceed to carefully and very slowly l-i-f-t each item delicately out of my bag, changing gears. It is rather comical to think of. Before a concert one afternoon, a friend of mine and I went to the Self Realization Fellowship to walk around a bit. Traffic was bad, so she always refers to it as the Hurry Up and Meditate Tour. nice.
That is just too many stories.
Miss you, friend.

Jan 18 2007
3:27 am
jane writes:

thank you for introducing me to slow week. I love slow. Your ideas are fabulously inspiring (as always!). Actually I recently came across this link: http://www.slowdesign.org … You might find it interesting.

Jan 18 2007
6:05 am
Hundred and one writes:

What a great idea. Gotta go slow down now…

Jan 19 2007
4:34 pm
wynne writes:

Hello, you don’t know me, but i’ve happened upon your blog somehow and i’m so glad that i did.
reading your words make me smile and think. thank you!
i wish that i could do slow, but, alas, my dumb life won’t let me right now [that's what happens to professional violinists - we GOTTA practice, you know. ;-) ]
Thank you again for your creativity, your words and for sharing.
p.s. i saw your photos on flickr and *loved* them – they made me smile. thanks!

Jan 19 2007
8:52 pm
Ruth Pannell writes:

I’m slowing down. I’m learning Hardanger (Norwegian embroidery). It’s slow going but it is really nice to sew by hand. I don’t like that everyone’s lives seem so insanely out of control…slowness and simplicity are essential in today’s crazy world… thanks for observing this.

Jan 20 2007
10:36 am
bhum writes:

Hmmm,
Notes in trees, gonna do it.

Jan 20 2007
6:39 pm
fern writes:

Your absolute honesty cheers me….every time.
Thank you.

Jan 21 2007
3:37 pm
Alex writes:

Dear Keri. I was in Central Park, and had conversations with the huge squirrels that inhabit the park. I tried to treat them with pretzels, but they rejected it and sang: “This and this and this I like (picking up seeds from ground) This I don’t, this I don’t (åointing at pretzel-crumbs) etc”
They are fun, indeed. And this is a true story.

Jan 24 2007
12:49 pm
NessieNoodle writes:

keri,
I love this idea… and it goes with the them of my latest blog post.
I also wanted to tell you that I found a message in a bottle. Not sure why I feel compelled to tell you this, but I thought you might smile.
Have a great day!


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