Before reading this post, take a deep breath, drop your shoulders and let yourself relax. Which of these two questions is easiest to answer in this moment? ...
(1) Who are you today?
(2) What do you still need to do today?
I'm guessing it's the latter, because the answer to that question is easier to measure, easier to focus on and seemingly more important in the day-to-day moments of our lives. Slow living will give you time to pay closer attention to the grander question, which I believe is the more important of the two.
Are you exhausted? Women today really do feel the weight of the world on their shoulders. Every morning we are greeted with a long list of to-dos: get the kids up and out the door on time, have a meaningful quiet time, put in a full day at the office, spend an hour at the gym, prepare a healthy and delicious meal (organic and locally grown, of course), and make sure the sink sparkles before you go to bed. Oh, and don’t forget to look great and smile while you’re doing it. - Elyse Fitzpatrick
Slow down, you move too fast. You've got to make the morning last. Just kicking down the cobblestones. Looking for fun and feeling groovy.
What is Slow Living?
Before we continue our conversation about how slow living can interrupt our hurried and harried focus on what must be done so that we can broaden our view & clarify our vision, let's get clear on what slow living is. I think Simon and Garfunkel were onto something there, though they wouldn't have thought they were defining a movement.
Slow living is about getting more out of life by slowing down your pace a bit (how much is up to you), so that you don't miss anything. It's about making sure the life you want doesn't pass you by while you're busy doing something else.
It's not about being less active, but it is about focusing less on doing and focusing more on being. To learn more, download my free slow living eBook.
How Slow Living Disrupts To-Do List Tyranny & Brings You Back to Yourself
5 ways that slow living can bring you back to yourself...
(1) By helping you slow down long enough to be anchored and centered in the present moment.
(2) By empowering you to act and choose based on what matters most to you, rather than what is calling your name the loudest.
(3) By making it possible for you to connect with all of who you are, not just the part of you who can do, perform and accomplish.
(4) By giving you moments where you can pause, relax and reflect. Take stock and see what floats to the surface of your awareness.
(5) By helping you gain perspective, so that it's easier to see and to remember that life is about being and connecting, too. It's so easy to lose sight of that wisdom.
Which of these 5 benefits resonates most with you?
See you next time!