Episode 103

Claire's Favourites: 12 Benefits of Slow Looking

Published on: 15th June, 2023

For the next few weeks I’m choosing my favourite episodes from the back catalogue of the podcast. With over 100 episodes to now choose from, I’m taking this opportunity to revisit some of the episodes I’ve most enjoyed putting together. 

This is a classic episode exploring the benefits of slow looking.

Slow looking is simply the art of learning through observation.

I’ve been immersed in slow looking for the last 12+ years and can wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone.

But don’t just take my word for it. Why would you want to slow down and spend time with an artwork or object? Why is it important to practise paying attention and noticing more details?

Looking at something slowly and carefully is in itself a rewarding process – the object or art work becomes more interesting the longer you look at it. But more than this, slow looking is good for you.

Today, I’m going to take you through the 12 benefits of slow looking.


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