To Live Your Best Life, S-L-O-W Down
“Slow down, you move too fast, you got to make the morning last.”
Simon & Garfunkel The 59th Street Bridge Song
Way back in 1966, Simon and Garfunkel knew how important it was to slow down. At that time a half-century ago, before the Internet’s arrival the world was moving faster than it ever had before, at what seemed like a frightening pace. In today’s digital world, it’s worse than ever.
In Western culture, we seem to have become addicted to doing more and doing it faster.
Too many people are habitually behaving as if there is an actual finish line, a destination to arrive at where they can be complete, done, finished. They’re so attached to getting over the finish line that they forget that there really is no beginning or end. And, because there really isn’t a finish line, the tendency is to just keep going, faster and faster and faster.
The consequences of this addiction, in the form of chronic stress, are seen in the suffering bodies, minds and spirits of countless millions. In a harried and hurried state of mind, it’s virtually impossible to see one’s true potential, never mind being able to tap into possibilities. The mind closes off to everything but the groove of moving faster. There is no time for “feeling groovy”.
In a state of chronic stress, the only answer seems to be to go faster.
Those caught up in the speed trap tend to think of quick fixes, maybe traveling a little less will do the trick or somehow time will magically expand. Unfortunately, that kind of magical, unrealistic thinking is merely a way of avoiding the intrinsic truth. There’s nowhere to get to. There’s no starting gate and no finish line.
Slowing down is the only way to see the truth.
It might be time to step out of the fast lane and discover what feeling groovy really feels like. If you would like a safe place to learn how to slow down, explore one of my retreats or contact my hotline.