Slow Down!

During this bustling holiday season, we need to pace ourselves and slow down.  When we get in a hurry, we run into a myriad of delays and blocks, so to speak.  This happens because we are out of sync and our timing is off.

To travel, the clear unobstructed path, we need to heed Thich Nhat Hanh’s advice and operate from the basis of mindfulness. We should deal with one situation at a time and give it our best.

Hanh writes, “Most of the time, we think too much and mindful breathing helps us to be calm, relaxed and peaceful.  It helps us stop thinking so much and stop being possessed by sorrows of the past and worries about the future.”  (Peace is Every Step)

As in music, there is the beat or tempo that flows along and then there are periods of rests or stops.  We breathe as we anticipate the next, continued beat.  We too must pause and take breaks as we plan and rethink our strategies before going on.

Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland, said, “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.”  This is a perfect reminder as we prepare to close out the year of 2015.

Our December calendars fill up quickly with those office parties, gatherings, shopping sprees, and other obligations. We may feel rushed and overwhelmed when we look at all of the things that must be done.

We sigh, “How can I get it all done?  Where will I find the energy or the time?”  When the sweat builds on our brows, we should step back.  Again, breathe deeply. Create a plan of action.  Make a daily “to-do list” and confidently dive into the season with a feeling of reassurance.  Put on a brave face and take it one brush stroke at a time.

The other day, I found this quote and I wrote it on a post-it note.   I placed it where I can see it on a daily basis.  It will surely help me move through the tasks at hand, with a level of ease.

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit.  Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever….”  (St. Francis de Sales)  Slow down and get it done!

Lynn M.

December 6, 2015


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