slow everything movement

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”  Lao Tzu

Have you noticed that there seems to be a slow everything movement? There is slow food, slow fashion, slow-brewed, slow design, slow living, and yes, even slow sex. In some ways I think all of this is meditation’s fault, and I’m all for it. It’s one of the best things to have happened in the last 50 years. 

I think that if anything can stop people in their fast, mindless, tracks, it’s these different channels for entering into mindfulness and the “slow movement.” There’s a lot of insanity in this world, there are a lot of crazy people doing crazy things, and those people are not going to slow down: so it’s up to us. 

Who can deny the importance of thinking about what we’re doing and supporting when we buy food, goods and services from people who work full-time but don’t make enough to provide adequately for their own families, while engaging in activities that exploit and degrade the environment, as well as endangering themselves and others?

Do you need to eat meat that often? Does your closet really have room for one more pair of cheap shoes? Where and how is that t-shirt made? These are the kinds of questions we need to ask ourselves. It’s interesting then that one of the things we can all actually do is: do less, more mindfully. Welcome to the slow everything movement. 


The particular channel into slowness that I’ve been following lately is (surprise) fashion. I’ve always been for quality over quantity. I’ve always been against “cheap shoes,” even when I’ve fallen for them. 

In the next couple of weeks I’m going to continue to talk about the slow fashion movement. I’ll remind you about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and its modern-day counterparts. I’ll tell you about the people that are leading the slow fashion movement. And I’ll show you some of the beautiful things that are slow fashion.




  • Jennifer says:

    I’ve always been a proponent of slow fashion. Slow living with more intention is my goal!

    • Anita Irlen says:


      I know you have, but I’m still surprised by some 50+ bloggers who seem to entirely avoid the issue of quality vs. quantity. I’ve been meeting with a lot of younger people if not “in fashion” then on the periphery. I’m truly impressed with their savvy and commitment to the less is more philosophy. I think it has a lot to say about the relative abundance and feeling of abundance in our generation vs. theirs.

  • The tortoise lives much longer than the hare.


  • Anita, I probably don’t even need to leave a comment for you to know how much I agree with you on this one!

    I’m all for slow everything too – but how to balance it with getting everything done? I’m trying to simplify so much lately in order to slow down, yet I seem to be slipping behind and not getting much done! (Like blogging, for instance!).

    I hope you’re well, my friend! Esther x

    • Anita Irlen says:


      That’s so true, hurry up to slow down! I have no magic bullets. I think it’s just a matter of practice, like most things in life. I think we’re especially bad at living life slowly in the U.S. and Britain. I guess that’s the way it is with relations…


  • SO with you on the quality over quantity/cheap movement. I am in my 40’s but was brought up to not buy cheap and rather save for the quality item. I still have that habit now and it’s served me well 😉

    • Anita Irlen says:


      Right, people either learn the habit at a young age, or acquire it when they’re older and tired of too much stuff. In between we seem to accumulate. 🙂

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