We’re moving way too fast, and it’s time to slooow dooown. Does your life fly by at warp speed? Are you exhausted, always living three steps ahead of yourself?
We think that everything we do is so important. The situations in our lives demand our attention and fuel an agitated, nonstop mind.
How are we ever going to realize the peace and happiness we want if we don’t slow down?
Slow Down and Rest
Over coffee with some friends, we were lamenting the loss of the sabbath. In the olden days (well, the 1960’s), stores were closed on Sundays, and it was a day of true relaxation, a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
It was an opportunity to stop, rest, enjoy, and connect – free of the pressure to do and achieve.
But slowing down isn’t just about taking a break.
Slow Down and Reconnect
When you run at full tilt, you are disconnected from yourself. You are driven by your schedule or your perceived obligations. The mind has taken over, and your life has become built on concepts rather than the true aliveness that allows it to emerge naturally and effortlessly.
You have no time or space to get honest with yourself about the unhealthy patterns you play out.
Until you slow down…way down…nothing will change. Yes, things will happen, but
There’s no need to make a radical change. You can slow down and speed up as you wish. But consider dipping your toe into the wonder of slowing down. Because when you do, you open to the possibility of unifying yourself and reducing confusion.
You discover that everything you were looking for is already here.
You meet peace, harmony, and contentment – right here in this present moment.
Are you ready to slow down? Here’s what you get. Welcome to sanity, welcome to your life.
Be Here Now
Of course, you are always here – how could you be anywhere else? But when your mind is spinning with thoughts about the past and worries about the future, you feel anywhere but here.
Slow down your activities. Take some time to be quiet. Lose interest in your thoughts so their power wanes.
Let go of analyzing, judging, categorizing, projecting, wishing, and see that things unfold just fine. Whatever needs to happen will happen without your intervention.
Have no expectations, and you can’t possibly be disappointed.
Breathe. Be. Allow rather than do. Rest in the stillness of you.
Observe and Feel
Slowing down creates the space to get very familiar with your automatic programming. Do you smoke, eat too much, keep yourself ridiculously busy? Are you driven by need, lack, or control?
These patterns cannot possibly bring you peace.
When you slow down, you tell the truth to yourself. You feel the effects of these self-betrayals.
You learn so clearly how these habits play out there is the possibility of choosing differently.
I recently spoke with a 95-year-old woman who was still intensely concerned about what people think of her. So painful. Please don’t let this be you. Slow down, and do the work that is required for your precious well being.
If you slow down, and you’re not filling your mind with a jumble of thoughts about the future, then what?
Ah, this is where living starts. You will notice the array of appearances that come and go.
Open to sounds. Feel sensations. Look around you with totally fresh eyes. Be awake as you drive, clean, cook, laugh.
Feel the essence of people around you so you can meet them exactly as they are – selflessly.
Enjoy the blossoming of life that is inseparable from you.
KISS stands for “keep it simple, stupid.” I can’t remember the last time I used the word “stupid,” but the “keep it simple” part is filled with wisdom.
When you slow down, you simplify. The most natural way of being emerges, and here’s what you discover:
- Action happens effortlessly based on what is appropriate in the situation
- The veils of your conditioning fall away, leaving you free
- Thoughts release their grip on you
- You are moved by love, not fear
Slow down. Arrive right here where you have never left. You will naturally emanate joy everywhere.
Do you find it difficult to slow down? What have you discovered when you do? We’d all love to hear…