You’re moving too fast. Get slow!

Simon & Garfunkel had it right: “Slow down you move too fast. You’ve got to make this moment last!”

Who doesn’t feel as if there aren’t enough hours in the day? We rush through the day, running here and there, and end up exhausted. Somehow these days full of duties, obligations and busyness have begun to build up and become our lives. We spend our time doing things we don’t really want to do, yet feel we should. We’ve come to believe that being productive and crossing things off our to-do list is the ultimate goal.

The truth is, life on Earth is a brief gift, and our time is too precious to be used like this. If we want our lives to be balanced and healthy, we need to lessen our load and increase our down time. This means planning less in a day, prioritizing those things that make our hearts sing and de-prioritizing those things that are not imperative.

If we must accomplish many things each day, we can still change the quality with which we do things. How can we transmute that sprint to the train into something delicious instead of the usual gripping and tightening experience? Where can we find ease in the midst of stress? How can we cultivate the art of going slowly?

Take a few moments before you climb out of bed in the morning to remember your dreams and to think about what you want from the day. Play more of your own music – a playlist for driving in the car; a playlist for while you are cooking; a playlist for motivation; a play list for dancing… Leave your watch on the bedside table; in fact, do you need to wear a watch at all? Take the scenic route occasionally. Check email only twice a day – this is a big one. Take your lunch outside and enjoy it quietly. Add one moment here and there for slowness; it can be done simply and will have a profound effect on your well-being.

Adapted from an article by Marco Visscher & Jay Walljasper, Ode Magazine, Issue #15, www.odemagazine.com

My favourite tools for getting slow:

  • Eat lunch on the grass.
  • Soak up the sun (and try not to fall asleep).
  • Go to the beach: feel sand ooze between my toes.
  • Play music (my favourite “motivationalists” at the moment are Good Charlotte, Adele & Katy Perry).
  • Meditate.
  • Enjoy a facial (my favourite is with Donna at The Beauty Studio!)
  • Eat deliciously!
  • Love my guts – loads of water, lemon in water, herbal teas, probiotics, greens, greens & more greens!

Take a moment to brainstorm: what do you like to do that helps you to slow down and live life now?

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