This little phrase may not only save your life, but can continue to make your life a lot easier. I’ve been slowing down a lot this year, saying “no” to many things, acknowledging that there is already enough on my plate. I’m taking time to simply be, to be in the moment, to stop the running around and to well and truly live.
Slowing down, physically, (and mentally, as a result – thoughts eventually stop racing around in your mind when your body slows down) can bring new joys in an otherwise missed-out world. Eat your breakfast mindfully, slowly. Drink your tea mindfully, slowly. Drive your car mindfully, slowly. Just try these three things for the first week and you will notice a distinct improvement in how you feel. It’s amazing how changing small habits can have such a grand effect.
Eating and drinking too quickly, unaware of your food, can lead to stomach upsets, food waste, and over-eating just to name a few things. Driving too quickly can result in loss of control of your car, and ultimately your life or the life of another. Taking the time to really be in the moment of these “little” things, these everyday things, can bring a new awareness and gratitude for the small pleasures in life.
Feel the consistency of your breakfast banana, really smell it, touch it, run your fingers over it before you even peel it and begin eating. Be thankful that you have that banana to eat. Savour each mouthful, chewing slowly, swallowing purposefully – it may sound silly, but just try it. Drink your tea in beautiful china cups, taking the time to brew it carefully in a teapot, aware of every movement of your body as you do so. Pour the tea with full awareness. Raise the cup, feel the smooth porcelain on your lips just before the warm liquid dances on your tongue. Be thankful that you have tea. Touch your car before getting into it. Sit down gracefully, feeling your body in the seat. Start the engine mindfully, and drive with total awareness of the steering wheel beneath your hands, the road beneath the tires. Be thankful that you have a car.
By slowing down you will may find yourself less stressed when you get to work, or when you arrive back home from work. We are not meant to live under the constant stress that our everyday lives present us when we live un-mindfully. By taking a few moments to slow down, to become aware of where we are and what we are doing, we can help heal and restore the balance in our lives.