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I liked this....

Perhaps because of our colds, we're moving more slowly...

"Enjoying a Snail’s Pace

Doing Things Slowly

Life can often feel like it’s zipping by in fast forward. We feel obliged to accelerate our own speed along with it, until our productivity turns into frenzied accomplishment. We find ourselves cramming as much activity as possible into the shortest periods of time. We disregard our natural rhythms because it seems we have to just to keep up. In truth, rushing never gets you anywhere but on to the next activity or goal.

Slowing down allows you to not only savor your experiences, but also it allows you to fully focus your attention and energy on the task at hand. Moving at a slower place lets you get things done more efficiently, while rushing diminishes the quality of your work and your relationships. Slowing down also lets you be more mindful, deliberate, and fully present. When we slow down, we are giving ourselves the opportunity to reacquaint ourselves to our natural rhythms. We let go of the “fast forward” stress, and allow our bodies to remain centered and grounded. Slowing down is inherent to fully savoring anything in life. Rushing to take a bath can feel like an uncomfortable dunk in hot water, while taking a slow hot bath can be luxuriant and relaxing. A student cramming for a test will often feel tired and unsure, whereas someone who really absorbs the information will be more confident and relaxed. Cooking, eating, reading, and writing can become pleasurable when done slowly. Slowing down lets you become more absorbed in whatever it is you are doing. The food you eat tastes better, and the stories you read become more alive.

Slowing down allows you to disconnect from the frenzied pace buzzing around you so you can begin moving at your own pace. The moments we choose to live in fast forward motion then become a conscious choice rather than an involuntary action. Learning to slow down in our fast-moving world can take practice, but if you slow down long enough to try it, you may surprise yourself with how natural and organic living at this pace can be.
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This is from the Daily Om, which offers daily meditations...sometimes they really hit me, like today!  Being mindful DOES make me enjoy life more, notice more, take time to realize how much I have to be grateful for.  Art--drawing and sketching or painting--works that way for me, too.

You can sign up here: http://www.dailyom.com if you like; I tried to post the script they offer on their site, but LJ won't take javascript...


 


Comments

Oh this daily om really spoke to me as well - I put in on my LJ but private b/c of personal thoughts. I so needed to read it.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Forgive the shouting but I am happy for you and J!

I know this sounds a little weird, but I smile when I think of J being there w/ you now and it no longer being a long distance marriage. I am so happy for you both, you both deserve such good and I am glad that you are able to live in the same house and see each other every day. I don't know how I'd survive w/out seeing my sweet husband every day.
My best, Dee
Thank you SO much, Dee--doesn't sound weird at all, we appreciate your good wishes!