It is a tad ironic that I am writing about slowing down right now. I have been living in a rather rapid state with little down time or time to decompress. I am not complaining at all, that is by choice. I haven’t written in some time either as that would require me to carve out time, slow down, and be present. What a mammoth task that is.
I am currently going through the Precision Nutrition coaching program as a participant and my lesson today was all about the importance of slowing down in relation to eating and life. It could not have come at a better time.
A Ted Talk about slowing down was included in it and the speech really resonated with me. I suggest you watch it and pay close attention to your attention while you sit and fidget thinking about what you could be doing with “your” time. Your mind may bounce around. You may look at the length of the video and think “that’s too long”. See, already proving to be a fruitful exercise. Ted Talk – In Praise of Slowness
Being goal driven, family oriented, or living in Western culture comes with many benefits. We’ve got an endless supply of opportunity, healthcare, nature, and so on. It seems as though we have all been sold on some sort of fictional reality where eventually we will “make it to the finish line”. But, in order to get there you have to live in warp speed exchanging sleep, health, and relationship for financial gain. Oh, and by the way the finish line doesn’t exist! That line was from the Ted Talk and it’s very true.
Perhaps that is just my viewpoint on today’s culture so please feel free to chime in.
You can never arrive in a Universe where time and space are infinite. However, you can expire and miss the entire journey in anticipation as you wait and wonder when the glorious day of crossing the finish line will come. I have been thinking about that a lot lately as I often dream about what that will feel like.
The journey really is the destination and taking the time to enjoy it is the point. That includes the times that we all wish away or are distracted through like driving to work, waiting in lines, thinking about the end of your day at the beginning of the day, etc. You get the point.
So how the hell do we find ways to slow down and ease the insane ego driven momentum many of us are stuck in?
Start by taking five minutes.
Take five minutes to breathe, walk, be in nature. Whatever you decide on it should be uninterrupted and without the distraction of technology. If this is not a habit you currently have you may be surprised at how hard it is to sit still even for five minutes. The pay off is worth it though. Just think five minutes is really 300 opportunities to be present. That’s a lot.
The five-minute break will show you that it is possible to live in time but not let it control you. You may begin to examine other areas of your life where you are rushing or not being present and perhaps this newfound awareness will bring more enjoyment, fulfillment, and presence into your life.
I am no freaking Zen monk, far from it, but I am practicing this right now and life is a little brighter. The internal go, go, go voice is a little quieter and when it gets really loud I have at least one tool to shut it up for a good solid five minutes.
So, what is something you can do for five minutes to slow down and enjoy a little more of this life journey?
All the best,