Here is a Quick Way to Slow Down

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I recently had an experience that left me wondering if any of us are truly in our bodies in the moment paying attention to our life. I received an email, the writer had forgotten what was agreed upon in the previous email, the excuse? “I’m soooooo busy.” I sighed to myself, I, too, have been there, up at 5:00 am, multitasking, pushing through to get “stuff” done, rushing and racing. I no longer find this a fun or satisfying way to live, this is no longer validates my “worth”. I wonder how many people are living distracted, rushed, fractured lives, why is it so hard to “stop and smell the roses?”
A quick way to slow down may sound like an oxymoron, however, I assure these tips will move you out of fight or flight into a parasympathetic state, you will be surprised how easily you can get things done.
Do Less, Learn to prioritize,
Disconnect, spend 10 to 15 minutes upon waking, and enjoy the quiet before you reach for your phone.
Single task, do you really think you can do more than1 or 2 things at once well?
Use this simple formula, 1, Stop, 2, Notice your breath,inhale, expand your belly first, then the ribs, finally the chest, take a long exhale, 3, Ground, plant your feet under you, look for the four corners of each foot, stand or sit taller, feel the crown of your head centered over your spine,look for your center, 4, Feel, notice what/where you may be “holding” in your body, 5, Observe, try not to judge or engage.

“There is more to life than increasing its speed” Ghandi

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4 thoughts on “Here is a Quick Way to Slow Down

  1. So many good ideas. Thank you so much!
    I am at the point of “retiring from retirement” but what to leave out of my life for the future?
    Mary O

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  2. one unfortunate way to deal with this: find out you have cancer. Really helps you prioritize, and figure out what is more and less important. Don’t leave anything out that you really want to do. You won’t be able to do it if you are not well. But don’t wait until it happens… do it now.

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