I recently started a new ritual of sending a message to myself in the start of my day.
A message, an intent, a focus to aim to.
This morning I set it up to be 'SLOW DOWN.'
For a woman who is always on-the-go - even during a global pandemic when she is at home 90% of the time - slowing down my pace through my daily routines, errands, and different work or life engagements was like adding a breath of fresh air to my day.
So what happened today as I mentally and physically slowed down my every move?
*I SAW more things around me.
*I took my time responding to events or people rather than reacting.
*I DISCOVERED rather than controlled.
*I felt more rooted and grounded in my feet and my spine. Something I've been working towards in my yoga practice.
I still did productive things, but I did them with without a rush, but with attentiveness to my pace.
I am even sensing this type of attentiveness as I type away these letters on my laptop, focusing on the sensation in my hands and fingers rather than 'getting it done as fast as I possibly can.'
It became clear to me today, that when I slow down, the quality of HOW I do things - changes.
And isn't life sweeter when it is about the QUALITY of the journey rather than reaching the goal?
Food for thought. But chew on it... slowly.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
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