Get Slow




Who doesn’t feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day? We spend each moment in a rush, going at breakneck speed, and end up exhausted. Somehow these days full of duties, obligations, and busyness have begun to stack up and become our lives. We spend our time doing things we don’t really want to do, but feel we should. We’ve come to believe that being productive and crossing things off our to-do lists is the ultimate goal.

The truth is, life on Earth is a brief gift, and our time is too precious to be used like this. If we want our lives to be balanced and healthy, we need to lessen our load and take more down time. This means planning less in a day, prioritizing those things that make our hearts sing and de-prioritizing those things that do not call to us.

If we can’t lessen our load, if we must accomplish many things each day, we can still change the quality with which we do things. How can we transmute that sprint for the train into something delicious, instead of the usual gripping and tightening experience? Where can we find ease in the midst of stress? How can we cultivate the art of going slowly?

Take a few moments before you climb out of bed in the morning to remember your dreams and to think about what you want from the day. Leave your watch on the bedside table. Take the scenic route. Sit for a moment with your eyes closed when you start your computer. Check e-mail only twice a day. Don’t pack your schedule so tightly that there’s no time for a short walk. Light candles before you start to cook dinner. One moment here and there for slowness; it can be done and must.

Adapted from an article by Marco Visscher & Jay Walljasper, Ode Magazine, Issue #15