If you’ve been following along with my little yoga challenge on my channel then you’ll be familiar with the topic: going slowly.
At the beginning of November, I thought about doing something physically tougher than usual but also something that we could learn from. I settled on a slow flow challenge. What’s mentally harder than going slow?
At least, that’s what I think. I used to be a very go, go, go kind of person and I still am but in a much slower way. I have my daily, weekly, monthly goals and most of the time I meet those goals. But I don’t rush through life to accomplish those goals. Nope. In fact, I’m accomplishing more now than ever and I’m moving at an objectively slower pace.
So how am I getting more done?
Let’s connect it to yoga.
What happens when you rush through the postures? I mean, at the most basic level, what happens? You don’t do it right. Even someone who has done it for years will talk all about the benefits of going slow. Yoga isn’t something we’re supposed to rush through just to say we’ve done it. Similarly life is not something we’re supposed to rush through just to say we’ve done it.
Can you imagine lying in a hospital bed at 95 thinking, “Well, I didn’t enjoy much but at least I did all these things. Thank God I was able to work through lunch all those years.” Who would say that?
We need to slow down. Our body and minds need us to do that much for them at least. We aren’t the kind of creature to be able to go non-stop. There are a ton of studies out there that show us that we are actually less productive if we work through breaks and lunch.
But getting back to the root of the issue, rushing does us no favors. It makes us sloppy. It puts us in a very bad frame of mind. It makes us miss out on so much.
So what’s the solution? Slow Down.
Okay, okay. I know we’ve been over this plenty of times and in the interest of saving time, I’ll give some quick advice on how to slow down without slowing down…at least for today.
First of all, take your breaks. If you work from home, break up your day with fifteen minute chunks of something else. If you write or spend time at a computer, go for a walk for one break. Do yoga at another. Read, eat, or play a game on another. Make sure you’re eating well and taking adequate time to nourish yourself.
Body and mind.
Nothing is more important than a break. You need the recuperation time. You need to spend time away from work. Don’t bring it home. Don’t be proud of never slowing down. It isn’t a good thing. It’s bad. Society just hasn’t gotten around to understanding that.
I’m not going to take up much of your time today. I want you to challenge yourself this week by taking breaks. Do something different with them. Get up. Go outside even if it’s cold.
Just do something to enjoy the present moment.