Everyone’s life is busy, and the world we live in dictates moving at top speed. We look for faster internet service, faster food options and, yes, as weird as it may sound, faster ways to find peace in life. We jump on that high-speed gerbil wheel unconsciously, not knowing that we can actually make a choice to slow down.
Choosing to slow down means that we must pay attention in a way that does not always align with the fast-paced world around us. Without a strong sense of self-awareness and a conscious decision to step back, we lose track of how fast we are moving, pushing ourselves beyond what we can keep up with. Before we know it, we are exhausted and unable to sustain the pace. Losing sense of our best pace is a signal of an undernourished sixth chakra, the first of the upper chakras. This home of intuition, sixth sense and the Third Eye is all about intimate self-awareness.
Just this morning, I had a conversation with a friend who works extraordinarily long hours and hardly ever takes time for herself during her busy summer season. She asked me, “Sarah, can you believe that July is almost here? The summer is flying by, don’t you think?” I thought about her question and answered honestly, “No, I don’t feel like that. I can’t believe how much I have already done this month.” She went quiet for a moment as though really digesting my response and then said, “How do you make time, when you have no time?” I loved this question because it is so honest, and it really speaks to everyone’s busy-ness dilemma. I said, “You have to carve it out. Once you make a real commitment to do it, life has a way of gently slowing down.”
The simplest commitment to make, in my experience, is to meditation. Meditation slows life down. Even the smallest amount of time dedicated to personal reflection and breath makes a difference to your life. Without a doubt, I took control of my racing mind and busy life when I embraced meditation.
To avoid getting too distracted by the associations you may already have with the word “meditation,” let’s make it simple: I’m encouraging you to find a soothing place in your home and make time in your life to sit still and breathe. Make sure wherever you decide to be feels comfortable and safe. You can sit in a chair or the floor, use a mat or pillows to support yourself, whatever feels right. Most of all let this be an experience that feels good to your body, mind and spirit.
I like to start people off with ancient breathing patterns that fill all the systems of your life with life giving energy. I have organized these techniques under my Resources section. Just investing three minutes a day can bring a valuable sense of self-awareness and balance to your life. Everything can shift for you just by doing this simple practice. Commit to making time for you and watch how life supports you in making this happen. Slow down these gorgeous summer months by offering yourself time to reflect and give thanks for all the wonder around us.