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 down!"


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 that easily.


So slow down - those adults were right.