Slow and steady really does win the race. When we believe that we have all the time in the world, we start living like we have all the time in the world.
The more we focus on slowing down rather than speeding up, the more we add time to our lives and we create more space to be and enjoy every moment.
What does living like you have all the time in the world look like and how can you begin to create this now?
1. Wake Up In Beauty: When you wake up each morning, do not think of your to do list or jump out of bed. Instead, stretch like a cat. Feel your bones and muscles lengthen. As your eyes open you’ll feel a smile come over your face and say to yourself, ‘I love you”. Give yourself a hug and as you feet hit the floor say “Thank you”.
2. Hum While You Walk: How wonderful it is to hum while you walk. Everywhere you go, whether it is inside your home, in a grocery store or walking your child to school, hum. Humming does not require that you know the song. You can hum any tune and when you do, it signals to your body there is plenty of time and space for whatever you want.
3. Take One Centering Breath: Practice taking one deep centering breath before doing any task or talking to anyone. You do not have to answer the phone on the first ring or respond to your email or text right away. The boss is calling you down the hall, before getting up, take one deep centering breath and then proceed. Try this often and you will begin to notice a change your mind set.
4. S.T.O.P.: Stop, Take a breath, Observe, Proceed with wisdom. This acronym has been floating around mindfulness circles for a really long time and it is a wonderful way to remember to slow down. Create a really artistic sign of this acronym, post it in several places so you can remind yourself daily to S.T.O.P.
Most of us know the fable of The Tortoise And The Hare, but just because we are moving fast does not mean we are moving wisely. We all have places to be and things to do, but do not miss what is in between. Do not miss the conversation with your child, or the smell of oak trees as you walk to the car. Do not miss the aromas of cinnamon buns and roasted coffee beans at your local coffee shop or the new shade of eyeshadow your coworker is wearing.
“Slow down you move to fast, got to make the morning last, just kicking down the cobble stones, looking for fun and feelin’ groovy”- Simon and Garfunkel.
It is the small things that make the biggest impact in our lives. Slow down, don’t move so fast, why not make your life last. I guarantee you will start feeling fun, free and really groovy.