Blog entry by Kathy Cleveland Bull
October 25, 2013
This morning on my drive to work I heard Frank Sinatra offer some advice that I found down right relevant for our modern era. Ol’ Blue Eyes seems to think that our rushing around is hurting our relationships, perhaps our life! He suggests in his swooning crooning way that we should make “all the stops along the way”. After all, what good is it to find that you are at the end of your life only to have lived the length of it, but not the breadth and depth of it. You can’t get to breadth and depth in a rush. For that, life must be savored. So if you are looking for one strategy that has the potential to enhance the quality of your life TODAY, it would be this. Slow Down.
There are so many tangible benefits to slowing down. I will share a few.
- We shift out of a stress response and into a relaxation response
- We experience better digestion, nutrient assimilation and calorie burn of meals
- By taking our time and focusing our efforts we make fewer mistakes resulting in fewer “re-do’s” so we can actually save time in the long run
- We create the space to choose a response in any given situation vs. reacting out of habit in the heat of the moment
- We increase the likelihood that we will hear the “still small voice within” that provides guidance and wisdom in our unfolding journey
- We will actually enjoy our life and the process of living instead of waking up at some point in the future wondering “how the heck did I end up with this life?” or “who are these people living in my house?”
- Set the alarm 15 -20 minutes earlier to make your morning routine more relaxed, more spacious
- Make time for relaxed meals (stop eating at your desk, in your car, at the sink, on the run)
- Re-think your commitments. Is there anything to let go of?
- Turn off the electronic devises or at least don’t respond to them for some time each day
- Find time in the day (even 5-10 minutes will make a difference) for meditation, contemplative prayer, sitting practice, slow relaxed movement or stretching. Many people enjoy beginning their day in this way, but you benefit regardless of when you do the practice.
- Try to find the value in non-multi-tasking. Trust me. It’s there if you look for it!
- As you notice a revved up energy starting to surge through your body (i.e. the stress response), stop whatever you are doing and take a few long and deep breaths. Oh, and by the way, it helps to notice you are even IN a body!
Save your fast paced, hyper-intense, overdrive mode for your workouts …. or when being chased by a lion.
“The problem now of course is
To simply hold your horses,
To rush would be a crime
‘Cause nice and easy does it every time”
~ Nice and Easy – song written by Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Lew Spence
Kathy Cleveland Bull October 25, 2013