Back in the day, remember when a parent would yell
"Slow Down! You're going to hurt yourself!" You might
have thought "Oh, c'mon, I'm having fun! I don't want to slow
As we get older, we still are going pretty fast. It may not be as fun as
it used to be, though. We have work, appointments, projects, driving
people here, helping people there. We are always on the go - there is not
much that we can't do, sure, but do we have to do it all?
In the meantime, because we're at full speed, we
are missing the chance to be quiet and calm. There are only a few opportunities
here and there that we have a chance to get centered and think. Too much
to do, right?
In working with my clients, when I suggest some
kind of practice to help quiet down, there are times I get strong
resistance. "Oh, I have too much to do. I don't even have five
minutes to my day."
However, even slowing down, just for five minutes,
you can breathe and just be. Let those thoughts of the day, what you have
to do, who you have to call, float away. You may be able to increase the
time as it goes on but even if you can't, that'll be your five minute haven of
serenity. And you may find that it helps you to slow down,
appreciate what's around you, give you a solution to a problem - it can happen
So slow down - those adults were right.
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