“Slow down, you move too fast. You’ve got to make the morning last …” Remember that song penned by Simon and Garfunkel? I was certainly hearing it in the back of my mind as I read an article by Madisyn Taylor in The Daily Om. It was titled “Enjoying a Snail’s Pace: Doing Things Slowly” and began with the following observation:
Life can often feel like it’s zipping by in fast forward. We feel obliged to accelerate our own speed along with it, until our productivity turns into frenzied accomplishment. We find ourselves cramming as much activity as possible into the shortest periods of time. We disregard our natural rhythms because it seems we have to just to keep up. In truth, rushing never gets you anywhere but on to the next activity or goal.
Slow Down and Do More
Time management tips often focus on getting more done in less time, and these strategies can definitely work in the short term. But using them all the time is depleting; eventually the losses outweigh the gains as your energy and focus are diminished, right along with your productivity.
When you slow down and reconnect, mindfully, with yourself and your environment, it’s like plugging into an energy outlet, recharging body, mind and spirit.
Slowing down is as nourishing to you, energetically, as vegetables and proteins are for your physical systems. You get more done when you have more energy, and you replenish your energy when you slow down.
It’s really that simple.
Slow Down and Experience More
But there’s more to slowing down than just that.
When you slow down you see, hear, taste, and feel more. That’s savoring your time and the more deeply you explore your connections by slowing down, the more you receive back. It’s a relationship of reciprocity between every atom of your being and every atom of the world you live in.
The possibilities are deep and endlessly expansive. One door opens, then another and another, as you slow down and discover the richness of each moment!
I hope that, as this season unfolds and transitions toward another, you allow yourself the gift of slowing down and savoring the moment that you are in … starting right now! Here are some quotes to ponder, as you slow down and reflect on how you live within time:
- “For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.” –Lily Tomlin
- “It is important from time to time to slow down, to go away by yourself, and simply be.” –Eileen Caddy
- “Always remember to slow down in life; live, breathe, and learn; take a look around you whenever you have time and never forget everything and every person that has the least place within your heart.” –Anonymous
- “Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast-you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” –Eddie Cantor
- “If you’re having difficulty coming up with new ideas, then slow down. For me, slowing down has been a tremendous source of creativity. It has allowed me to open up — to know that there’s life under the earth and that I have to let it come through me in a new way. Creativity exists in the present moment. You can’t find it anywhere else.” –Natalie Goldberg
- “Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.” –John De Paola
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