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Slow down, you’re doing fine

On a museum wall.

Slow down, you’re doing fine

A friend of mine shared the photo above, and it strikes me as a radical act. Not swiping or scrolling or accelerating past things (and I’m more than guilty of all three). 

But rather, slow-looking: seeing only what you can see.

I’ve just heard Dacher Keltner, the author of a new book Awe, define this mysterious and magnificent emotion as “what we feel when we encounter vast mysteries that transcend our understanding of the world”. Keltner suggests there are eight different sources of awe, “wonders” as he calls them (a deeper diver here).

We’re surrounded by these vast mysteries. 

We could feel awe every day.

Take a breath.

Settle in, and slow-look.

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Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

I'm the author of five books that have collectively sold more than a million copies. I'm the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. I'm the host of the *2 Pages with MBS* podcast.