Slow Down and enjoy the present moment during the holidays!

 

Slow down and Enjoy the moment
Do you sometimes feel that there are not enough hours in the day? We rush through the day, running here and there, and by the end of the day, we are exhausted. Somehow these days full of duties, obligations, and busyness have become our lives. We spend our time doing things we don’t really want to do, yet feel we should. We have come to believe that being productive and crossing things off our” to-do” list is the ultimate goal. Does this sound familiar?  Holidays are an especially busy time of the year.  So how do we slow down?

The truth is, life on Earth is a brief gift, and our time is precious . If we want to live a balanced and healthy life, we need to lessen our load, and increase our down time. This means planning less in a day, prioritizing those things that make our hearts sing and de-prioritizing those things that are not imperative.  This is becoming a personal goal of mine and I wanted to share this with you.  For someone like me, this will be very challenging.

If we must accomplish so many tasks in a  day, we can still change the quality with which we do things. How can we evolve from always being rushed to get somewhere just to be a few minutes late into something wonderful,  instead of the usual stressful 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. Take the scenic route. Sit for a moment with your eyes closed when you start your computer. Check email only twice a day. Don’t pack your schedule so tightly that there’s no time for a short walk. Those of you who live near me, walk on our beautiful beaches. Play with your kids when they ask you to.  Light candles before you start to cook dinner or diffuse essential oils. Add one moment here and there for slowness; it can be done simply and will have a profound effect on your well-being.

What will you do to slow down and be present today?

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Throughout my journey in this lifetime, I have had many identities including Professional Mechanical Engineer, Merchant Marine Officer, Naval Officer, Collegiate Athlete, Swim Coach, Windsurfing Instructor, Fitness instructor, Daughter, Sister, and most importantly Mom and Wife. All of those things are just things I DO, but they are not who I AM.  Many of us have asked the question “Who am I and what am I here on Earth to do?” Read More