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“Moving Slow in the Fast Lane” article in The Atlantic.

What does it take to really slow down and unplug?

Abraham Verghese tried it on vacation. After two days of lounging in the slowness, the barnacles finally fell off.

Click HERE to read the entire article.

“Wrack and Barnacle” photo by Eric Heupel, August 9, 2009. Available for download on Flickr and sharing through a Creative Commons license.

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The author of Not So Fast just survived a whirlwind two weeks of travel. I need to sit down. Catch my breath. I need to employ some slow-down solutions!

All of us—even those who prioritize a simpler, slower life—need reminders to slow down, pause, reflect.

On this site, I’ve offered a list of “Speed Bumps,” which are simple ideas for how we can slow down the pace of our days.

Someone recommended Terry Hershey to me.

On Terry’s Facebook Fan page, he offers daily “Pause Reminders,” much like Speed Bumps. Here’s a sample from today:

PAUSE REMINDER for Today: Write a letter to someone you care about, to say “thank you,” or “I’m glad you are in my life”, or “did you see the clouds today?” With real paper, pen, envelope, and stamp. (I received a thank you letter this week, really, a letter. . .at the post office. “I wanted to send this to you via sn…ail mail,” DM wrote, “as my way of pausing.” It works. And the letter made my week.

Check it out for yourself:

Click HERE for Terry Hershey’s Facebook Fan Page (where I discovered his Pause Reminders).

His main website is HERE.

His blog, HERE.

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Check out this slow-down-themed post by Faith Barista Bonnie Gray, guest-posting at {this} restless heart:

10 Ways to Make Rest One Ambition

Here’s an excerpt:

I was driving around with friends from out of town, when we got on the topic of stress increasing in a social media saturated lifestyle. On top of the dailiness of work, family and friends, some of us are trying to blog, tweet, Facebook, return email and phone calls.

I admitted that I had to cut down time on Twitter because “I just don’t have the bandwidth.”

My friends burst out laughing at my Silicon-Valley-ite terminology. No, my internet connection isn’t slow or on the fritz. I was talking about personal margin, in my schedule and spiritual space.

Read the post in its entirety HERE.

“Paurl” Photo by Life As Art available on Flickr through a Creative Commons license

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