Although “slowing down” is often derided as a byproduct of aging, it can also be seen as a developmental process that opens the way to a deeper, richer, slower way of living.
I was totally surprised last week that my urban foraging blog post was the most popular story in the weekly roundup. I thought that was funny considering I was writing about a hobby only tangentially related to ChangingAging!
Upon reflection, I can think of many ways foraging for edible plants is connected to aging, wisdom, growth and “slow living”. It is a skill that takes incredible patience and years to truly master. It is extremely difficult to get started without a mentor — preferably an elder with a lifetime of experience — to guide you. And it absolutely demands a “slow living” approach — you cannot rush out willy-nilly and harvest edible plants the same way you fill your shopping cart at the grocery store.
One of the themes in Tribes of Eden I personally found compelling was the idea of getting closer to nature and living off the land. Readers get their first taste of this when the survivors of the Wallace family, seemingly at their lowest point on the run from the terror of America’s collapse, find nourishment from nature: Continue reading →