There is more to life than increasing its speed – Gandhi

 

 

Get Slow

Who doesn’t feel as if there aren’t enough hours in the day?  We rush through the day, running here and there, and end up exhausted.  Somehow these days full of duties, obligations and just generally being busy have begun to build up and become our lives.  We spend our time doing things we don’t really want to do, yet we feel we should.  We’ve come to believe that being productive and crossing things off our to-do list is the ultimate goal.

The truth is, life on Earth is a brief gift, and our time is too precious to be used like this.  If we want our lives to be balanced and healthy, we need to lessen our load and increase our down time.  This means planning less in a day, prioritizing those things that make our hearts sing and de-prioritizing hose things that are not imperative.

If we must accomplish many things each day, we can still change the quality with which we do tihngs.  How can we transmute that sprint to the train into something delicious instead of the usual gripping and tightening experience?  Where can we find ease in the midst of stress?  how can we cultivate the art of going slowly?

Take a few moments before you climb  out of bed in the morning to remember your dreams and to think about what you want from the day.  Leave your watch on the bedside table.  Take the scenic route.  sit for a moment with your eyes closed when you start your computer.  Check e-mail only twice a day.  Don’t pack your schedule so tightly there’s no time for a short walk.  Light candles before you start to cook dinner.  Add one moment here and there for slowness; it can be done smply and will have a profound effect on your well being.

Adapted by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition from an article by Marco Visscher & Jay Walljasper, Ode Magazine, Issue #15, http://www.odemagazine.com

© 2013 Integrative Nutrition Inc. (Used with permission)

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