By Lisa Meade
Life passes quickly.
This is a fact we learn as we move throughout our life. The days of childhood are long gone as well as the feelings of a day lasting a lifetime. Now, I find that the week no sooner begins and I am looking at Friday! It is not that I am over busy or over worked, but my life is full! There are many things I am passionately and delightfully involved in.
I am not one to rush through things. I like to savor moments.
I like to enjoy the energy. I like to be present. When I do take the time to slow down I notice my focus shifts as well. I become a more attentive listener and I offer more of my heart to the moment. I pick up on nuances that would otherwise be missed.
Having recently moved from the suburbs of Connecticut to the mountains of Colorado, my soul sings a sweet slow tune throughout the day. I rise with the sun, much earlier than I used to. My feet itch to get out on the land. A smile spreads across my face at the welcome song of the birds and the breeze whispering in my ear. I realize nature can help me recalibrate my pace (she longs for me to slow down and to find a steady rhythm to my day that sets a tone for all I do).
My heart rate chooses a calm steady beat. My thoughts do not race, but instead pause and appreciate. My soul breathes in the special moments that can easily become lost in a life that is too frenzied.
Slowing down also helps me to be more efficient and effective in my tasks as well. Sloppy errors rarely happen. I am tuned in and I pick up on things that could go amiss before they actually happen and I am able to intervene.
My natural rhythms flow when I slow down.
I tend to be a rather grounded person and so when I am going at my own natural pace my energetic vibrations match. As I bring this to the many activities of my day I find I get more done, am very awake and aware and enjoy my way through the day. Slowing down helps me to maintain a balance in my life between the doing and the being.
Slowing down, whether it be at work, food preparation, eating, moving or in conversation creates space for magic and wonder as well. It allows me to check in with Spirit and be in the moment. It allows me to share this beauty with others.
Our world is fast paced. It can be chaotic and frenzied. But I can choose to be within my own energetic vibrations and live a life that fits my flow. When I do, good things happen. When I do, I feel whole and complete. When I do, I bring my best to what I do.
There is great beauty to be found in the slowing down.
Editor: Dana Gornall