Am I the only one out there who has a really hard time slowing down?
There is an innate part of my internal wiring that is pretty much always telling me “MORE MORE MORE! Do More! Write more! Make more friends! Sleep more! Work harder! Network more! Eat more mindfully! Meditate more!”.
Am I the only one who has a mind that always want to do more?
It’s a little funny, then, that meditation is my favorite activity. That’s precisely because it’s the one thing I can do where I can tell my mind to stop saying that and I can give myself permission to just be.
And that’s why slowing down is hard. You don’t give yourself permission to be as much as you give yourself permission to do. Don’t feel bad, my friend. We’re all doing this.
It’s the way our society is set up. It’s the way our education system is set up. The whole system taught you to do more.
Doing more isn’t a bad thing. It’s important to work hard and be competitive because the world is competitive.
But doing more for the sake of doing more also doesn’t bring you happiness. There’s a fine balance to strike between doing and being.
If you never slow down, which society rewards (i.e. wearing stress as a badge), you miss out on connecting with that deep, deep part of yourself that is truly you.
Society isn’t going to slow you down. If you want to do it, you’ll have to make the effort on your own.
Take some time every day to go slow. Whether it’s the morning, the evening, or a lunch break, cultivate that side of you..
It’s a wonderful thing to be able to go fast or slow on command, and with practice you have the power to develop that skill.
Happy slowing down!