The Art of Slow Living

The Art of Slow Living

In my recent post, Why I Have Chosen To Embrace Slow Living , I share my heart’s reasons as to why I have decided to pursue a lifestyle that embraces slow living. And since then, I have watched my life transform so beautifully before my eyes. I have seen my health bloom physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. The art of slow living has blessed me with an opportunity to slow down and reflect on many areas of my life.

Living intentionally is something I find that not many of us are consistent in doing. Embracing the art of slow living causes you to look inward, and delve deep into the innermost desires of your heart. Which brings you to question yourself, ‘what matters most to me?’ and ‘what is the true meaning of life?’ ‘Am I living in a way that brings joy to my heart, or am I merely just surviving?’ 

These are just few of the questions that spiralled around throughout my soul when I embarked on a journey of letting go of my old lifestyle, (the fast-paced lifestyle, the constant hustling mentality, always anxiously focused upon goals and achievements). As a previous business owner in the beauty industry, I eventually became absolutely exhausted of living a life that felt as though I was chasing the wind. I couldn’t comprehend living in such a way where I found happiness and contentment in numbers and material things. There came a time where God allowed me to hit rock bottom in my beauty career. I lost the job, the business was failing, finances were crumbling. Everything around me was barren. And because I placed my happiness in those temporal things, I inevitably became deeply upset with the situation. I thought I must have done something wrong. I thought I must try harder, and push stronger, for me to finally get back up in my finances and career ladder again. But no matter how hard I tried, I felt it within my heart that God wanted me to slow down, and embrace the art of slow living. Losing my job and my business wasn’t as bad as I made it out to be, because now I see that God allowed the situation for good. Romans 8:28 was a scripture that always sung loudly within my spirit.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who  have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28

I finally came to a place of surrender. And I begun to delight myself wholeheartedly in God, regardless of my circumstances. Then there was an inexpressible joy that began to swell within me. A beautiful wave of hope took over me, and I learned to cling on to the Lord and know that my joy comes from Him.

During my time growing in intimacy with God, I have discovered beautiful gifts that He has placed within me. Things that I adore, and love to do! Writing, painting, baking and so on. And I have found that the more I nurture my gifts, the greater my joy increases, and the greater I see His providence and faithfulness in my life. It reminds me of Matthew 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

During my previous lifestyle, there was a narrative within my mind that I had to toil and labour my soul to exhaustion, just to be able to ‘make it’ and receive. And I find that this narrative seems to be floating around through a lot of entrepreneurial/’boss babe’ communities.

Why?

What are we looking for, what are we aiming to achieve? And when we do achieve those things, what’s next? And what would happen, if we lost everything that we toiled so hard to achieve? It’s like a constant rollercoaster without end. Your heart honestly cannot catch a break.

I feel as though what we’re looking for is love, belonging and that feeling of tranquility.

So many of us are running away from stillness and looking for something to make us escape and feel good. Whether that be jumping from goal to goal, club to club, drink after drink, promiscuity, addictions, drugs… the list could go on. And there’s nothing wrong with having goals or having a pleasant time with your friends, but the art of slow living has caused me to reflect and be intentional about what I truly desire for my life and how I intend to live it. Am I doing things to go with the tide and escape, or am I doing things because I genuinely delight in them?

There are many ways to spend time with the Lord, but one of the common ways that some people do it is through having quiet time with Him. Quiet time with God requires us to slow down. In those serene, precious moments, He speaks to our hearts and reveals to us His will. And I have found that as I took a leap of faith by following Him, I have found joy in taking one day at a time with Him.

The art of slow living has taught me to let go of goals that are set to a specific timeline. For I have learned to live in the present moment, disciplining my mind to remain steadfast on the Lord, His beauty and His glory all around me. I delight in the flowers, I delight in the sunshine, I delight in peaceful walks in the park. I have learned to see His glory in things that are without price.

The art of slow living has been a gift to me, such a cherished experience that I will never forget. Embarking on this beautiful lifestyle has not only brought me deep happiness, but also contentment in all things.

 

Thank you so much for reading.

Lots of love, Devona

 

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