In these times, we would like to advocate slow reading as a nice way to start or end the day in a mindful way.
The art of slow reading
In the morning, instead of skimming through the latest news on your phone and be bombarded with emails, messages, images on Instagram and tweets, we suggest sitting down in a comfortable place with your choice of literature. If only for half an hour. Trust us, you will thank yourself for doing it.
Reading in a book and having the physical text is essential because the art of slow reading implies engaging fully with the content. It is healthy because it allows to to connect with your mind and imagination to give something that inspire you deep attention.
Books to take you away
South African bestselling author Wilbur Smith will take you away on dramatic and exciting adventures. We love his ‘Courtney’ novels that trace the fortunes, and misfortunes, of this sprawling, ambitious family, from the dawn of the eighteenth century to the late twentieth century.
Here are some of the first novels in the series:
Also, this could be the time to read up on the classics. Or perhaps revisit them? Which are your favourites? And which ones are you thinking about reading? We would like to know!
However, we still don’t want to loose grip on the world. When you feel like you can meet the world, we recommend morning briefings with the Economist Espresso for a news summary in a tight and matter-to-fact way.
Every day, it is in you inbox before breakfast, and it tells you what’s on the global agenda for the coming day and, most importantly, what to make of it.
After your slow reading, make yourself (more?) coffee, breakfast and start the day. For example dressed in a happy colour. Thus, you will be ready for the day in a mindful and inspired way!