“Life is what happens to you while you’re looking at your smart phone”
I’ve just finished reading an fabulous book In Praise of Slowness by Carl Honore. He encourages us to re-connect to our inner tortoise. Quality over quantity. To stop marinating ourselves in the juices of speed.
My soul is happily digesting and reflecting. My mind however is hurrying to weave more slow satisfying productive moments into my life. You’ve gota love our mind. Fast is an addictive drug fueled by a world of instant gratification.
The mind needs to chill out. Back off!! Stop being so demanding and bossy. Pushing us to react instantly to the constant stimulation and demands around us. Especially screens. Argh!! The screens. Push, rush, do, check, don’t miss out.
It’s exhausting. Gosh, I’m exhausted just writing about it. Our energies scatter not to mention the wear and tear on our well-being and mental sanity. Where’s the living in that?
Thought you might appreciate being reminded of a mantra/affirmation which you and I both know well …. One step at a time. It’s been swirling around in my head lots lately. These words have been fabulous therapeutic medicine for my body, mind and soul of late. I’m grateful.
At the moment I wake each morning breathing precious prana and oxygen into my body and before my mind has a chance to do it thing
I inhale “one step at a time“, I exhale “one step at a time”.
I inhale “one step at a time”, I exhale “one step at a time”.
I inhale “one step at a time”, I exhale “one step at a time” infusing my day ahead with a peaceful productive calmness.
One step a time has our best interests at heart:
Repeating “one step at a time” brings me back to my breath.
Repeating “one step at a time” encourages me to mono-task and not multi-task (that’s so last century)
Repeating “one step at a time” reminds me to pause, eat and drink (yes I have a body that has needs)
Repeating “one step at a time” gets me out of my head and back into my body to feel more grounded
Repeating “one step at a time” slows my thinking
And of course the list goes on depending on how this mantra best serves you.
Let me know what you think? And hope to see you at one of my slow retreats sometime soon. In the meantime I’m off to enjoy some slow cycling with my brand new vintage bicycle. It’s a rockin’ watermelon.
You also might like to check Carl Honore author of In praise of slowness over at his web site
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Beside my bed:
I’ve borrowed it twice from the library and will now be buying a copy. Some books are simply keepers to delve into from time to time for their pearls of wisdom.
The biggest highlight for me was being reassured that our bodies natural healing mechanisms work magnificently when our bodies have internally triggered the relaxation response. This research is a perfect fit for my Slow Retreats. xx Carole
Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself by Dr. Lissa Rankin
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