Family First – First Family

michelle-obamaMichelle Obama is a woman with priorities. Attempting to maintain normalcy in her daughters’ lives won’t be easy, but she is committed to trying. While life as the First Lady certainly won’t be slow, she has exuded a level-headedness I find inspiring. We mothers can learn from her choices as she raises stay-at-home mom to a different level. In fact, Obama will be a work-from-home dad once he enters the White House.

What lessons have you learned from Michelle Obama? Weigh in.

Getting into Balance When Your Brain Strikes

Jill Bolte Taylor was thirty-seven when she woke up one day to feel how her body had dissolved and had melded with all the energies of the Universe. She was having a stroke. As a brain researcher, she watched as her brain failed her.

In her now famous speech held at a conference called TED (technology, entertainment, design), she talks about the difference between the right (creative) brain and the left (analytical) brain. Somehow her entire being resided in the right side of her brain, while the left completely shut down. She thought she was going to die, and she had already said good-bye to her life. She felt so expansive, she couldn’t imagine squeezing back into her little body.

But she did.

This moving speech reminds us to live large, to visit our right hemisphere often, and to slow down to a pace that allows us to unfold into the human beings we are meant to be.

What is Slow?

Welcome to the Power of Slow, the blog that accompanies a new book being released by St. Martin’s Press in the fall of 2009. The book is entitled The Power of Slow: 101 Ways to Save Time in Our 24/7 World.

Slow down to speed up. It’s not as paradoxical as it seems.

Slow isn’t the opposite of fast. You can be efficient in your activities, as long as you are mindful. So often we react to things without thinking. Or we act quickly to get things over with without really enjoying them.

The power of slow reminds us we can do things differently, mindfully, and memorably without delving into a hectic, joyless lifestyle.

Come join the journey. You’ll be glad you did.