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Meditation #1 – The Slow Home Experiment

Meditation #1 - Slow Home Experiment

After last month’s not-so-great finish to the journalling experiment, we’re back with a new Slow Home Experiment – daily meditation.

This month we’ve decided not to put too many rules or stipulations on the experiment, but rather simply commit to the daily doing – no matter how that looks. I think part of the reason we can fall behind on these experiments is because we have unrealistic expectations of ourselves and our capacity to add new behaviours into our daily rhythm, so instead we’re just going to see what each day brings and make room for meditation in some capacity.

That being said, ideally I’d like to meditate each morning as I feel it’s going to give me a grounded, peaceful start to the day and will hopefully fit in with my yoga or morning run. Ben’s days are a little less predictable, so he’s more than happy to practice in the morning, on the train, or in the afternoon or evening – wherever it’s going to fit in.

We’re on Day 2 right now and have been using the guided meditations offered by Insight Timer, a free app available both on iTunes and for Android devices. It gives you a lot of options without being too overwhelming, and I like that you can choose to use the guided meditations or simply use the timer and bells if you’d prefer silence. You can also choose to follow friends from within the app, which might be a nice way to connect and maintain the motivation on those days that we find it hard to make time.

I’ve started a group on Insight Timer for those of you who want to join in. Simply search in the app for a group called Slow Home Experiment and join in, and feel free to follow Ben and I too. You can see which meditations we’re doing each day and keep us honest!

Don’t forget, you can play along by tagging your social media posts with #slowhomeexperiment and share your experiences. Hit us up on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and let’s get experimenting!

Enjoy!

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Slow travel

Slow travel - Episode 68 of The Slow Home Podcast

I’ve always been a keen traveller, but since adopting a slower way of life I’ve found myself wanting to explore even more and get to know places in a deeper, more local kind of way.

So when I put a call out for listener travel-related questions, I was so happy to see that you guys had some great questions for us to dig in to in today’s hostful show. We answer three listener questions about:

  • the issue of over-planning
  • how to balance getting things done and enjoying the down time
  • keeping kids occupied on long-haul trips

Ben and I also talk about our attempts to pack light for this trip, why we don’t get a local SIM card when we travel and the major benefits of setting up a home base and exploring from there, as opposed to being on the move constantly.

Travel is such a passion for us, so this hostful was lots of fun to record, if not a little bittersweet as it was the final day of our Canadian adventure.

Enjoy!

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Most important of all, thanks for being here!

Journal #4

Journal #4 - Episode 67 of The Slow Home Podcast

So we’re moving in to the last week of this month’s Slow Home Experiment and it turns out that our journalling experience has been, shall we say, varied?

In this episode Ben and I talk about the mistakes we made and the reason that Ben sees this month as a big fat fail.

I don’t think of it quite so badly, but it was definitely more challenging than I expected – partly because adding a new habit while travelling was tricky, and partly because we have been in holiday mode and the journal started to feel like a “should-do” rather than a “want-to”.

That said, I’m so glad for taking the time to jot down parts of every day, even if it didn’t look like the all-in family experience I’d imagined – simply because it helps me to remember moments that might otherwise be slowly faded and forgotten.

Tell me though, if you’ve been doing the experiment along with us, how have you fount it so far? Was it a challenge? Or did you gain a lot from it?

We also talk about next month’s experiment – daily meditation. I’ve listed some meditation apps below for those of you who want to join us, but Ben and I will be using Insight Timer for our daily practice. I’m really looking forward to this one too!

Don’t forget, you can play along by tagging your social media posts with #slowhomeexperiment and share your experiences. Hit us up on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and let’s get experimenting!

Enjoy!

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Head over to iTunes to subscribe to the show and play the episode.

Or you can listen to the show directly, simply by hitting the Play button above. Enjoy!

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Support the Show:

If you love the show and would like to show your support by becoming a patron, head over here to make a small monthly donation (as little as $1 a month) and know that any amount makes a huge difference to us being able to cover costs.

If you love the show and want to support it by continuing to subscribe, listen, share with friends/family or leave a review on iTunes, that’s awesome too!

Most important of all, thanks for being here!

Listener Chat with Morgan

Listener Chat with Morgan - Episode 66 of The Slow Home Podcast

This week, I’m so excited to share a new Listener Chat with you, this time featuring librarian-teacher and all-round lovely person, Morgan.

When I put a call out on Facebook for Calgary-based listeners a couple of weeks ago, Morgan was the first to volunteer her time. A few days later we got to sit down at our apartment and chat for a couple of hours and I am SO glad we did.

There were two big themes that came out of this conversation – one being Morgan’s amazing literary brain. She has so many nuggets of wisdom drawn from her extensive reading, and I was inspired to pick up my reading game after chatting with her. The second theme is that of living a values-based life, and I walked away from our chat so moved by the choices Morgan and her family have made over the past few years, all of which are aligned with their values and the kind of life they want to create for themselves.

She also shares the back story and decisions that went in to a massive life change for her and her family, as well as the strategies she used to begin simplifying, and the inspiration she draws on when living mindfully.

It’s always fascinating for me to talk to anyone at all about slow and simple living, but having the opportunity to chat with listeners of the show is so incredibly inspiring to me, and I’m really looking forward to more of them in the future.

In the meantime though, enjoy this chat with Morgan. I know I did!

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If you love the show and want to support it by continuing to subscribe, listen, share with friends/family or leave a review on iTunes, that’s awesome too!

Most important of all, thanks for being here!

Journal #3

Episode 65 of The Slow Home Podcast - Journal

We’re heading in to week three of this month’s Slow Home Experiment, where we’ve committed to spend time each day writing in a family journal.

As we’re currently in Canada on holiday, it’s turned into somewhat of a travel journal, but today Ben talks about why he feels like it’s actually taking him out of living in the present moment while we’re travelling. To be honest, I found this confronting because it wasn’t at all what we expected when we took on this experiment, but it does bring to light the issue of how to BE present and then how to look back on a day and focus on a moment with clarity.

Turns out this experiment is asking more of us than we expected!

As I mentioned last week there are a couple of challenges I continue to struggle with, but both myself and the kids are also starting to benefit from the perspective that comes with the process.

Don’t forget, you can play along by tagging your social media posts with #slowhomeexperiment and share your experiences. Hit us up on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and let’s get experimenting!

Enjoy!

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Head over to iTunes to subscribe to the show and play the episode.

Or you can listen to the show directly, simply by hitting the Play button above. Enjoy!

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Keep Listening:

Support the Show:

If you love the show and would like to show your support by becoming a patron, head over here to make a small monthly donation (as little as $1 a month) and know that any amount makes a huge difference to us being able to cover costs.

If you love the show and want to support it by continuing to subscribe, listen, share with friends/family or leave a review on iTunes, that’s awesome too!

Most important of all, thanks for being here!