These 7 books on slow living will give you that boost of inspiration to cultivate slowness in your life.
While many of us would like to slow down and start living the characteristics of slow living, there can be a moment of friction between wanting and doing.
These books on slow living will give you the motivation to push past the obstacles and make the changes you need. While some of the books will give you more knowledge about slow living and its benefits of it, others are on the list to inspire you and show you what a slow life can look like.
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Kinfolk Home Book: Interiors for Slow Living
This just might be my favorite coffee table book of all time. Every time I open it I feel a sense of ease that washes over me. The book highlights interiors that were designed for slow living by showcasing 35 homes from across the globe that were crafted carefully using the principles of slow living.
Alongside the beautiful imagery, there is inspiring profiles, essays, and anecdotes that will give you the boost you need to think differently about how you live.
The Monocle Book of Gentle Living
This book could easily be renamed “The Offical Handbook to Slow Living.” Monocle’s Gentle Living book acts as a practical, yet inspiring guide to slowing down and embracing the slow road.
It gives helpful tips & tricks on everything from social media, community, work, food (it even includes some recipes), and the home.
If you want to slow your life down and truly start enjoying the moment, this book is a great place to start.
In Praise of Slowness
Carl Honore’s In Praise of Slowness is the holy book of slow living. Honore who works as a journalist started challenging the cult of speed long before the culture around slow living started to go mainstream.
The book follows Honore on his journey to uncovering our relationship with time, giving us an understanding of how we came to be living in a world that moves so fast and outlining the consequences of living in this accelerated culture of our own creation.
We start to see the benefits of slowing down by following along on his experiments of slowness, from exploring slow workouts to tantra. This book is truly a fascinating read that will inspire you to think differently about how you spend your time.
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Slow: Simple Living for a Frantic World
Get inspired by Brook McAlary’s incredible story that started with post-natal depression and ended in her finding her way back to herself through slow living. This book is powerful because it shows the journey from a “normal” life to a slow life, acting as a practical guide on how to live outside the norm.
Brook not only inspires with her own story but she teaches us how to form our own version of slow living. The book is packed with valuable lessons on minimalism and mindfulness, leaving you ready to question the status quo and forge your own path forward.
Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off The Beaten Path
If you’re a sucker for HGTV like I am, then you’ll probably already have heard of Erin Loechner— but did you know she has a book? Chasing Slow is Loecher’s manifesto for slow living.
The moving book shows us that even when you achieve all of your dreams and goals, there can still be something missing.
That’s exactly what happened to Erin, and through some tough times she came to find slow living. Through her book she hopes to help all of us break out of the faster-better-stronger mindset and take a new perspective on our life, putting our priorities in line with our values and focusing on what matters most.
Guide to Slow Living
This book more than the other touches on the sustainability aspects of slow living. It goes into our relationship with the natural world and how by slowing down we can honor it and preserve it.
While Kingsley is a “Lady Farmer” living on a homestead the lessons that she shares in the book can be translated to life anywhere. This book will surely get you thinking about not only your relationship to the planet, but also what you eat, what you wear, where you live, and how you live in general.
Grounded: A Companion for Slow Living
Learning by doing is one of my favorite ways to start something new. It wasn’t any different when it came to slow living. This book helps make it easy to learn about slow living by doing activities that go hand in hand with a slow life.
The book is split into seasons, making it a practical and exciting way to cultivate slowness in your life. Each of the 20 activities that are in the book will get you away from screens, taking you into nature or bringing nature into your home. By the end of the book you’ll be feeling exactly as the title suggests: grounded.