Great Wake Up Blog: Week #21

This week's assignment was intended to get us in touch with our slower selves - even if it meant slowing things down by 5x the regular speed.

Go to the profile of Chris Haigh
May 25, 2016
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This week's assignment was intended to get us in touch with our slower selves - even if it meant slowing things down by 5x the regular speed.

So, I'll be honest, I'm someone who generally fluctuates between doing all the things at once or being a dreamy and drifty. This challenge, however, challenged both those modes as I was asked to take a small, regular walk, and make it last as long as possible without the filters of music, headphones, or other selected distractions.

I made my walks fairly short affairs, thanks to a fairly fast-paced job, and made them stretch from 2 minute jogs to 10 minute jaunts. Surprisingly enough - or maybe not so if you've been reading the Great Wake Up! experiments so far from all of us - it did alter a shift in perspective.

A lot of time in the modern day is thrown away being busy or focused on the next immediate task. On finishing this, on getting to that. Slowing down and actually taking the world in unfiltered was pretty refreshing. I got to see all the beautiful little things that we never actually take for granted; students laughing, the birds singing (admittedly this was touch and go in the middle of the city), even the smell of fresh food and snippets of random, brilliant conversations.

On evaluation, doing this every day doesn't seem super-feasible; however, it's definitely something I will start to do on a more regular basis. Combined with taking time out in nature and giving myself more 'me time', it seems like a great way to reconnect with the rest of the world.

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Go to the profile of Chris Baréz-Brown
Chris Baréz-Brown over 2 years ago

Love that you got some benefit from this. I also thought it is hard to do everyday, but have learned that its not. Don't need to spend ages doing it, just a few minutes can be enough to Wake Up that little bit. Stroll on Chris !!