Body and Spirit: Slowing Down To Get More Done

"There is more to life than increasing its speed.”
~Gandhi
That thing we call 'being civilized' always seems to mean increasing
the pace of life,yes seems to bring few increases in
happiness or inner peacefulness. Instead we feel pressured
to perform, always wanting the next 'big thing', and
not feeling satisfied with what we already have. It brings
the attitude of there is not being enough time,
that we must rush through everything,
and end up being burdened with the
stress of feeling overloaded.
Think about the following statement for a  moment:

There is plenty of time to to do everything that must be done.

Notice...
did you start to disagree with me?
Or did you take a breath and say "yes, you are so right!" ?

Much of this rushed feeling is an illusion. You may say
"no, I have much I am expected to do!"
Yet, this feeling of 'so much to do, so little time' can
(and should) be changed within each of us. Especially since
the resultant stress is unhealthy for both
our physical body and our emotional state of mind.
Praticing awareness and adopting a graceful calm,
even in the midst of chaos will start to have immediate effects. 
Moving to a more 'drop the drama' approach can be key to slowing down
(and feeling like it) while actually becoming more productive,
as we then go calmly from one task to the next, instead of wasting time and our precious personal energy on things that
bring no results but do bring plenty aggravation.
Allowing ourselves to feel simple moments of
peaceful happiness, instead of roiling in the chaos
sounds kind of counter-intutive, does it not?

Decide to make the change. 
“Calm in quietude is not real calm. When you can be calm
in the midst of activity, this is the true state of nature.
Happiness in comfort is not real happiness. When you can
be happy in the midst of hardship,
then you see the true potential of the mind.”
  ~Huanchu Daoren
 
“Ten thousand flowers in spring,
the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer,
snow in winter.
 
"If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.”
~Wu-men

Please ask any questions you may have regarding this concept.


5 comments

  1. Beautiful post Stephanie .. grace under pressure, a sign of the peaceful mind .. often we need to remove ourselves from situations or people that cause us stress to achieve balance .. so much of the world today is obsessed by speed and continual activity that people can easily lose sight of the importance or purpose of the task of living itself ..

    The photos are striking .. I’d like to kneel on that mat – fragrance, texture, the settled calm .. it evokes tranquil moments of silent pleasure .. the feng shui .. thanks for taking the time to share .. KW

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  2. @KW - thank YOU!! thanks for a lovely comment that reflects that very essence of what this was trying to achieve; to bring us to the moment, in, as you say 'a settled calm'!
    my pleasure to share- and thanks for joining in!

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  3. I would like to be in the "best season" of my life. Right now, it is not meant to be. Perhaps some time. I do agree there is plenty of time to do the things we must do.

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  4. MikeB - it cannot always be so. But also, sometimes we are faced with difficulties that push us to grow, and that often is quite uncomfortable. If you aready agree there is plenty of time - then you are already on the right path!

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  5. Thanks for your wisdom.

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