It may seem countercultural to "take it slow," but when we find ourselves overwhelmed and stressed by the pace of life, it may the perfect remedy for what ails us.
Slowing down is the most self-compassionate thing. Though it is something I have often struggled with as someone who, by nature and upbringing, is a "worker bee" (as my husband likes to call me). I can push through and get things done with the best of them, but doing so does not always honor my inner rhythm (nor my health) which likes a steady, more consistent pace of life. Moving too quickly has often resulted in low-level anxiety, and, on rare occasions, panic. You?
I have to remind myself again and again to slow down, to take it easy, to take my time. To not press on or strain myself to get tasks accomplished. I've resisted this, yet, over the years, I've finally surrendered to the compassionate wisdom of taking it slow. And I've experienced healing and improved health as a result.
I hope you will enjoy this short recording/reflection I made about why this mindset/lifestyle is important, how it might enhance your health and well-being, and how you can actually begin the process of slowing down. (And still get the job done!)
Listen here: (4.5 min.)
"Taking It Slow" is one of the 52 practices for deep calm which are featured in my book, Portable Peace: A Weekly Guidebook.
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Janice Lynne Lundy, DMin
is an educator, interspiritual director/guide and retreat leader who has been pointing people back toward the Sacred for more than twenty years. She is the author of several spiritual growth books, including Your Truest Self, My Deepest Me and Portable Peace., and is the co-founder and director of the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute.