Slowing WAY Down
Does your life shift when November comes around each year? First, the time change and then shorter days filled with more darkness. For me, from the day after Thanksgiving to Christmas and then New Years it all feels like a SPRINT. I do my best to take on less yet the pace around town still feels too fast. Is it possible to stay positive and enjoy this season of giving without being in a hurry? YES, simply put incorporate a big PAUSE and QUIT RUSHING!
Here are 3 steps to create more space in your life and be attentive to your inner natural frequency.
1. Establish a few moments (5-10 minutes) of morning stillness. Begin the day by opening your eyes, appreciating the surroundings and observing your breathing. Allow yourself time before you pop out of bed and start moving. This may mean setting your clock to wake you a bit earlier and not hitting the snooze button. Just notice, is your body is really ready to jump into action?
2. Once you start moving and interacting with people, be conscious. Choose to complete one task at a time. AHEM, put down the cell phone when you are in a conversation with a friend and really LISTEN. OR when you are eating, take time to really chew all your food, this way you won't be shocked when your plate is empty.
3. Stay close to home, eliminate overbooking, don't feel like you have to attend every invitation. Yes, this is a time to celebrate, you can be the life of your own party. Let go of the fear of missing out on something and rest when you know you are tired. Release the temptation to speed up, you may just cultivate a new habit of welcoming what is happening right now.
This path may lead you to a place of gratitude and kindness, which know nothing about rushing. After all, this is the season of generosity, love and peace. All the "fun stuff" will happen, it isn't a race to the finish.
AUTHOR: Bex Urban