“Slow down, you move too fast; you’ve got to make the morning last …” Remember that song from the ’60’s?
Finding time to slow down – or to “stop and smell the roses” – might be advice that feels so familiar that it seems like a cliché. But there’s a great deal of wisdom there.
It can be a challenge, finding time to be mindful and to connect with your moments. Even when you’re giving yourself nurturing gifts, how fully do you actually let yourself experience them? Think about it:
- Are you distracted by a thorny computer issue while you meditate?
- Worried about the shopping while you walk in the woods?
- Glancing at your watch (or your phone) while you have coffee with a friend?
As the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard wrote: “Most [people] pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.” So, I’m not suggesting that you add “Be Mindful” to your To Do List.
But here’s what I do suggest: Provide yourself with a pathway for bringing yourself as fully as you can to each of your moments.
That’s because if you want to appreciate and be present, you need to slow down … time will not. Time’s flow is steady … some days you might experience it as relentless!
Add to time’s steady flow the accumulation of your own individual goals and tasks, and you can see how the moments can easily slide by almost without your realizing. With schedules and to do lists filled to the brim you may suddenly “come to” and a day, a week, or a month has gone by. That’s a very disorienting feeling!
Okay, you want to slow down … but how?
Here are 3 tips that you can implement right away, to slow yourself down and transform your experience of time.
1. Include pauses in your daily routine. These pauses needn’t be long … although the nourishment you gain is enhanced and deepened the more time you spend! You may begin with the briefest of pauses and expand into a meditation practice – the size and shape of what you do is entirely in your hands!
2. Find a “mantra” or saying that brings you back to yourself. It can be anything – a word, a sentence, a gesture, a visualization – whatever helps to bring you fully into this moment.
3. Give yourself an end point. If you are going to be doing something like meditating, then knowing when you will stop relieves you of worries about time and helps immensely with letting go and being present. I strongly advise using some kind of a timer so that you can really let go.
Slow down – it really helps!
When you pause and connect with yourself and your present moment, you get your bearings and refocus. Think of your stopping points as buoys marking your course as you sail through life … without them, you might easily end up lost at sea!
When you stop and breathe, you are re-connecting, re-plenishing, re-newing, and re-energizing yourself before you continue on. There is no greater gift that you can give yourself – and the great news is that you can do this while you smell the roses … or do the dishes … or anything!
How do you stop and get your bearings? I’d love to hear!
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