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Slow Down: Bring Calm to a Busy World with 50 Nature Stories

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Honore draws on examples of slow fixes from around the world. From how Bogota managed to revitalize its downtown to how officials in Spain convinced the majority of the public to agree to organ donations. Learning to live a slower, simpler life was a similar process. I had to earn my chops. I had to figure out what inspired me, what I stood for, what I loved, what I was passionate about, and why.” Select Recommended restore to go with the most recent restore point Windows has made automatically, or Choose a different restore point to select one yourself, then select Next. It’s a compelling story about the taboos associated with rest – and about how relaxation is often synonymous with weakness. You’ll sound less boring. As a fast speaker, you may unknowingly speak in a monotone. Reading poetry aloud will challenge you to add rhythm, inflection, and even emotion into your words.

You can’t have the good without at least sometimes experiencing the bad. The audiobook was easy to listen to though at parts it seemed disjointed, transitioning to several (semi-related) topics in a short span of time, with extended pauses in between. Not sure what the actual book looks like and how the format of spacing and breaks are shown, but maybe that’s how this was accounted for in the audio format.At the end of the book there is a small section that tries to get readers to go out and take in the sights, sounds and sensations around them. Each small suggestion is given with a small illustration related such as a perching bird for a bird song suggestion or wind "currents" for the wind in your hair. Society often considers mistakes as a sign of weakness. But the only way to solve problems in an ever-changing world is to keep an open mind and embrace your fallibility, Honore says. It makes a compelling case for cutting out the busywork and eschewing social pressure to focus on really impactful work. When you invest your time and energy in fewer things, you’ll make more significant progress. The book offers insights on how single-tasking brings you into the present moment and leads to more focused work. There are also insights on how disconnecting from social media leads to more creativity and better conversations.

It changes how you interact with language. Reading poetry aloud may open your perspective on language. Words communicate beauty, truth, hope, and pain. Connecting to that can help you become a better communicator. De illustraties vertellen de wonderen der natuur en is daardoor voor jonge kinderen die het boek technisch nog niet zelf kunnen lezen, wel heel goed te begrijpen. Op elke opengeslagen pagina staat een natuurwonderverhaal, waarbij eerst kort beschreven wordt wat de bijzonderheid is en hoe het ontstaat, en waar vervolgens in stappen dit uitgetekend is (ondersteunt met korte beschrijvende zinnen). De illustratiestijl is realistisch en een genot om naar te kijken en verbeeldt vooral overduidelijk het natuurproces. Ook de schutbladen zijn een feestje om naar te kijken. The world is experienced according to the state of one’s mind. When your mind is joyful and compassionate, the world is, too … when your mind is filled with negative thoughts, the world appears negative, too. When you feel overwhelmed and busy, remember that you are not powerless. And when your mind rests, the world also rests.” Slow yourself down by taking a sip of your drink. If you find yourself racing through an answer, take a sip of your drink, pause, and take a breath to slow down consciously. Helaas vond ik de vertaling wat slordig en soms echt in kromme Nederlandse zinnen. Echt een gemis! Want zo kan ik dit boek niet aan een school aanraden om op te nemen in de schoolbibliotheek.These are my favourite books about slowing down and finding a more relaxed way of life, helping to soothe your soul and open your mind to different ways of living.

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