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.
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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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