Are you moving too fast to enjoy life? Are you missing out on the day-to-day beauty of the world around you? This photo is a visual of what many people see as they move through their daily lives.
Nature is all around yet many don’t take the time to enjoy it or to even notice their connection to it. We see it in a flash as we travel in our cars, buses, trains, planes. I see people on bicycles or running and they don’t even notice the squirrels playing or dangling on branches above them. Our children are raised to see everything in a blur as they sit in the backseat, infants facing backwards looking at the seat instead of riding in a carriage learning about the world around them. Isn’t it time that we slow down, take a breath, and enjoy the gift of life. We wouldn’t have life if it weren’t for the gifts of nature.
My mission in life is to guide people to a life of mindful living and finding their true path. A path of creativity, joy, laughter and love. It isn’t possible to have a fulfilling life when everything is a blur. You may say, that’s great but I don’t have time to slow down. People who slow down get passed over for promotions, children are overlooked when parents slow down, I need to be in competition with others so high-speed is where I live. If you end up with ill-health then living high-speed have been worthless.
Think back to the times in your life, maybe when you were a child, when you truly enjoyed your life. Maybe you sat under a tree with a good book, played with your friends until dinner time, read to your own children before bed, enjoyed swinging or lying on the beach. Are you doing anything today that brings back that feeling of those carefree days? Yes, there are bills to pay, dinner to make, a job to go to, loved ones to care for, events to attend, children to drive from place to place, etc. What would you do if you knew five to fifteen minutes a day of finding peace can change your life? What if you knew that slowing down for this short period of time daily can improve your health, mental state, relationships? Did you know that meditation can change your brain and actually make you more productive? There are many studies that have proven this.
When I am visiting patients in the hospital who are suffering from an illness I wonder if this is their body forcing them to slow down and take a break. I don’t know about you but I certainly would rather take a few minutes a day to slow down rather than go full force until my body forces me to take a break.
You are the only person who can the trajectory of your life. If you make small daily changes a state of bliss and peace will follow.
Let’s look at some ways to slow your day down to allow yourself to breath and enjoy being alive.
- When you wake in the morning stay in bed for five minutes and think about everything you are grateful for – being alive can be the first – feel the emotion of gratitude
- Listen to happy music while getting ready for work instead of the news – allow the energy to flow
- When preparing dinner notice to the textures and colors of the food – be grateful for nourishment
- While sitting at your desk stop and close your eyes for a moment and slowly breath in and out three times – be in peace
- While driving your car every time you stop at a red light focus on your breathing – say “I breath in, I breath out” – connect with your body
- When stuck in traffic notice the shapes and sizes of the trees, clouds, and buildings – connect with the environment
- Take at least five minutes to meditate every day – there are many meditations available on YouTube – allow your mind and body to connect in peace
- If you have children, sit on the floor and let them tell you a story about their day – envelope yourself and children in love and happiness
- Take a walk around your neighborhood and notice the color of the houses, the number of trees or wildlife, pay attention to the sounds and smells – honor your daily life
- Eat breakfast and chew your food slowly paying attention to the smell, textures, tastes – be thankful for the blessing
- Look in the mirror and tell yourself how wonderful you are, how fortunate you are to have another day of life – love your inner self
- Look into the eyes of those you love and let them know how precious they are to you – sense the love
- Create a vision board for yourself or with your family – choose pictures that excite you – allow the emotion of this vision to penetrate your cells
- Journal three pages every morning – connect with the pen and paper – share your joy
- Sit on a swing and lay back as you enjoy the ride – feel the freedom of movement
- Color with pencils or crayons – there are many coloring books available for adults today – connect with your inner child
- Turn off the television – it is a time (life) waster – enjoy your own life not Hollywood’s projection of life
- Play board games with your children – laugh and be silly
- Set up a puzzle on a table to work on a little each day – slow down
Those are just a few of the many activities you can engage in to slow down, breath, and enjoy life. If you can’t meditate then the other activities will allow you to slow down your thinking mind and allow time for quiet. When my mother was alive and still able to work on puzzles she would empty the box on the dining table. Whenever anyone stopped to visit they would sit at the table with her and work on the puzzle. Sometimes we would sit together without saying a word. Other times we would listen to stories of her past or discuss problems someone was facing, then sit quiet and think about possible solutions or just support them. It was a very peaceful activity and a wonderful time spent with loved ones.
When my children were little the weekdays were sometimes a blur but weekends were spent walking in nature or playing games. We enjoyed seeing deer wandering nearby, watching squirrels and chipmunks playing with birds, rolling down the grassy hills, playing tag, lying on the ground watching clouds. If my children were still young today, I would do more of the latter and less of the blur. My weekdays would have included more quiet enjoyment and less hurrying, stressful days. This is the life I now share with my grandchildren. We slow down, laugh and act silly together. Don’t wait until you have grandchildren to slow down – start today. Do this for yourself and others will enjoy the benefits of your loving, peaceful energy.
Life is meant to be enjoyed. Learn to slow down and enjoy the little things.
What do you do to slow down and enjoy life? If you are a person with too much blur and would like to learn to slow down, please contact me and let’s partner together to get you on the path to healthy living.
Love and Light!