We have recognised the unsustainable speed at which we have sped up our daily lives.
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Yet we struggle to let go. We struggle to find the time. We struggle to move at a normal pace, which now feels slow.
After an extremely busy month where extra work commitments clashed with UNI exams and finding a new home, I began loosing sleep and found myself so tightly wound up and I couldn’t relax. I was walking fast, talking fast and listening to my heart beat fast in my ear as I lay awake in bed, more on that here.
But, like everything is in life, it was impermanent and passed.
I am still reflecting on this experience and how I can help myself during periods of high stress, but have put in place what I know, and added going slow.
I walk to work and often rush down the hill, but I decided to stroll at a more relaxed pace. I was surprised to find that I arrived in the same time watching those race past me, meet me at the next set of traffic lights.
I took the slow movement into the day and noticed my head follows suit, that instead of racing away with various thoughts, whilst this still occurs, more and more I am finding amongst the rush, I am more present, calm and in turn, more focused.
I am now eating slow, going to sleep slow, dressing slow – all at a pace that once wasn’t really slow at all.
I am loving how slow is making me more mindful as it holds me in the moment.
The funny part is, slowing down is making me more productive.
When I am present and intentional I am able to focus in and get the job done extremely well.
When study is my slow movement I am taking more in, retaining, learning, remembering.
With my partner, slow, well I will leave that to your imagination but again obviously it benefits.
There is nothing about becoming slower in my day-to-day that I don’t love.
I can only encourage you to reflect and consider if slower is also better for you too?
What can you do slowly today Even just begin with slowing down your walking pace.
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