Have you noticed, the world keeps speeding up? Have you ever considered a big slow down?
Even after the election, the wistful slowdown never happened, at least not to any appreciable degree. Mass culture continues at a firehose pace.
We respond by speeding up to keep up. We speed up again, and again, and again and drinking from a firehose becomes the norm.
Until at some point, we can’t……………
What if you could recognize the inclination to speed up and do the opposite?
I know a big slow down is counter-intuitive
But, if you pay close attention, you too will notice the people who accomplish the most and at the same time live at their best despite circumstances are not keeping pace, not even trying.
They have turned away from the fire-hose, not in an ‘ignorance is bliss’ way. They are intentionally slowing down to bring calm to the motion of the world.
Slowing down exposes the 95% of stuff, distraction, and ‘noise’ that doesn’t need our attention. And the 5% that does require our attention, the stuff that matters.
But if you bring slowing down or I dare say, stillness and attention to what matters, you influence the energy that flows from you into the world—opposed to the opposite.
I’ve been cultivating a slower pace for over a decade now and still consider myself an amateur practitioner……..But it has helped, especially preparing me for times like these.
So that’s my suggestion or invitation today.
Practice the art of slowing down. Maybe not to climb or enrich the mountain but to bring composure to a frantic world.
Don’t overthink it. No one needs to hide out in a cave, seclude themselves or become a monk.
Slow down and bring the space of awareness and calm into your everyday life where it is needed most.
I read where the Dalai Lama downplayed meditation as an exotic and perhaps exciting prospect that would pull people from their daily responsibilities when all that is needed is simple mindfulness and kindness.
To cultivate the art of a big slow down remember………
Mindfulness and breath.
Mindfulness and breath.
Instead of working on skills, and tools to help you drink from a firehose, what if you focused, instead, on slowing down?
What if you cultivated practices and skills that allowed you to slow down?
What would it be like to recognize what is in your control, and what is not, what matters and what does not?
Sit and enjoy the sound of rain.
See the beauty in the clouds.
Enjoy your own company. Sit in contentment.
“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.” Ralph Waldo Emerson