Last evening, I paid a visit to the waterfront. I sat on a bench overlooking the Manhattan skyline, taking in the view. I’m not wearing my AirPods, I only hear the waves of the East River rhythmically crashing into the pier. Tonight, I’m slowing down, I tell myself. I’m going to savour the moment.

In Japanese, this concept is known as Yutori or spaciousness. It’s the conscious act of slowing down and savouring the world around us.

It’s not easy to do this in NYC. I enjoy the fast paced nature of the city but sometimes it’s necessary to refuse to rush and slow down instead.

June 29, 2024

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