How (and Why) Naturists Should Adopt Slow Living
Naturists connect with the natural world in ways that many simply don’t, but naturism is just the start of how you can connect to the world and extract more meaning from your life, even with less. Slow living is a movement that is encouraging people to slow down and reconnect with the methods used by our ancestors to live deeper, more meaningful lives.
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What is Slow Living?
The world has become very fast-paced and materialistic, but despite how pervasive it seems now, this is only a recent development that hasn’t even been around for 100 years. Slow living, at its core, is consuming less. Some go further than that and try to adopt a slower approach to life. The reason why slow living has become so big is because it works to add more meaning to your life.
You will always appreciate the things you made by hand in comparison to something you purchased cheaply at a store. Owning less on purpose means you appreciate what you have, more.
How Can You Live Slow?
Living slow will mean something different to everyone. The definition will change depending on where you live, the resources you have, and more. At its very core, slow living means returning to previous ways of life, where we worked closely with the land and with crafts in order to live more connected with nature. It eschews materialism and works to connect you to what you own and how you live.
There are many ways that you can adopt slow living. Slow living works wonderfully in conjunction with naturism, and you can get started by:
Learning Old Skills
Learn how to do everything by hand. From gardening, to sewing and even furniture-making. You will meet and get involved with vibrant communities and learn essential skills that have been proven to boost your health and wellbeing. Learn to sew, for example, and you can create a variety of things (and not just clothes, either). You can create cushions and can even work to add upholstery to your furniture with a GoldStarTool upholstery sewing machine.
Canning food, whittling, cooking, basket-making – the list of your options goes on and on, and there are so many resources to help you learn. You can find guides online, can read books, and can even attend classes and workshops. There are DIY kits and so much more that are all instrumental in helping you learn old skills.
Garden and Forage
Gardening and foraging are two excellent ways to connect with the natural world and to eat healthier and more sustainably. Gardening is becoming very popular again, as more people work to convert their backyards and even balconies so that they produce fruits, vegetables and herbs on a small scale.
Foraging (which is the act of collecting food from nature) is also becoming popular. There are foraging walks, books, and workshops so that you can align your diet with your naturist beliefs and eat more sustainably all at once.