If something inside your body has been telling you to slow down and if you know you’ve been silencing your creativity and ignoring the call of your Creative Self, then now is the time to read World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down by Christian McEwen.
When Christian talks about slowing down, she doesn’t mean simply removing one or two items from your list of To Do items. What she means is to slow down by physically moving more slowly. By walking instead of running. By writing with pencil and paper instead of typing. By doing whatever it takes to stop subjecting your body to “hurry sickness” (McEwen, 2011).
Christian encourages the tired and the overwhelmed to make time to converse with people in person. To figure out how to do nothing. To spend time with a child. To go for a walk. To learn how to look. Read a book. Keep a journal. Stop multitasking. Take a break. Dream. Learn to listen. Be grateful.
While all of this sounds simple enough to do, there is a reason why these simple acts are the focus of a 367-page book. Our culture has either forgotten how to do them or they have been deemed too time-intensive and impractical for daily life. Yes, a bit of planning and motivation might be necessary to engage in some of these activities, but not much. In World Enough & Time, Christian explains why these activities are important, shares with you interesting history, research and stories, and provides you with tactics to make the changes to your busy life that you probably already know are way overdue.
Value “slowness”. Create an “affluence of time” (McEwen, 2011).
Add World Enough & Time: On Creativity & Slowing Down to your summer reading list.
McEwen, Christian. 2011. World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down. Peterborough: Bauhan Publishing.
TED Talk about bringing creativity into the classroom.
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