i hate to miss out on stuff - she said with a sigh - it makes me feel silly not to know everything
I love reading, I have bookcases filled with books, my bedside table has a tower of books sitting on it, so many books waiting for me to read. The problem is that lately I haven’t been reading as much as I used to read. One of the reasons is that I sit at my computer too much, and because of the nature of how we scan and read information on the computer it has had a negative effect on my reading.
While surfing the internet – I came across an article entitled ‘slow reading’. Slow reading is similar to the slow cooking movement, a movement that encourages people to slow down and take time preparing and enjoying food. The idea is that people should turn-off their computers and engage with the physical text as they intentional reduce their reading speed, taking time to contemplate, to savor the words and the text. The reader, through slow and purposeful reflective reading uncovers the author’s creativity and through this process enriches their own creativity and thoughts, often finding new perspectives and insights.
I know from personal experience that some of my most profound insights have come from reading books. I recently read Thomas Moore’s – Soul's Religion, a book that I knew from the first chapter was going to sit with me for a long time after finishing it. I read this book in a slow contemplative manner. I sat with a small note book taking notes, and have referred back to the notes many times since.
I guess for me the challenge is one of sustained concentration, finding my way back to books, taking time to slow down, giving my attention to one thing at a time. It’s not easy when you have the allure of so much information packaged in small bit sized chunks, it’s too easy to scan, to skim for facts, to swallow whole without chewing, and that’s not good for the digestion is it?
I will fly to the sun
you say he flew too high
he flew just far enough
he flew precisely to the point of
(art dress inspired by the Soul's Religion - Thomas Moore)