In an older article over at the Guardian, Satish Kumar writes about an idea that is not so foreign: Slow Sundays. The suggestion is just to slow down. Use Sunday (or whatever day you choose) as a day of rest and reflection. The day can be spent with friends and family rather than doing nothing but hitting the malls, running errands, and driving around.
While many would scoff at the idea it’s really not that foreign or revolutionary. Traditionally, Sunday has been a day of rest. Sure there was some church-going thrown in for good measure, but it still was a low key day. There were family picnics, days at the beach, or perhaps just a day spent relaxing.
The reason for his suggestion is two-fold. First, it will lower carbon emissions if everyone just hung out locally (or at least found other means of transportation for the day). Also, it has to be good for the soul to just rejuvenate. Read a book, walk the dog, take some pictures. Just about anything.
Since I have to find a way to get my stress level down and reduce my budget I like the idea. I don’t know if I could do this every week, but I’ll give it a try this Sunday.
Is this something that you already do? Would you be willing to slow down on Sundays?