In an age where the average person checks their phone at least 85 times a day, our inundated brains are slowing down. ⁠ ⁠

We need to retrain ourselves to get better at sustained attention. And to learn to appreciate the benefits of it too.⁠ ⁠

Spending time slow looking offers refuge from the rush and time to slow down and see the details. It’s the opposite of scanning and scrolling.

Always-on” behaviour is about being in a constant state of alertness without giving our full focus to anything. Slow looking is a wonderful alternative to life in the fast lane.

The 4 activities I’ll be sharing here are simple, effective ways to slow down, improve your observational skills and focus and notice more details around you.

You can use these slow looking activities throughout the summer – either on your own or with friends and family and children.

All of the activities are designed to help you develop your ability to see – and in doing so, spark creativity, curiosity and improve focus. You can do these activities with art, objects or with nature. You don’t have to be in a museum to do slow looking. They are designed to work in a range of environments, outside and inside.

I hope they will contribute to a wonderful summer. Let’s get started! And don’t forget to share what you get up to on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #summerslowlooking

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Other recommended episodes on slow looking:

Episode 2 – What is Slow Looking (and how do I get started?)

Episode 7 – How to Develop a Daily Slow Looking Practice

Episode 25 – 3 Thinking Routines for Slow Looking and Drawing

Episode 41 – 12 Reasons to Get Started with Slow Looking

Episode 56 – Learning to Love ‘Boring’ Objects through Slow Looking