It’s a paradox of our lives that while technology is constantly invented that saves us time, we use that time to do more and more things, and so our lives are more fast and furious than ever…
However, it doesn’t have to be this way…
‘It’s only when you stop moving that you can see what really moved you.’
Yes, movement is important to acquire experience, you need it when you want to really ‘feel the world’. But what is even more important – is just simply stillness.
Only in stillness you can deepen the experience of life, to replay it and try to make sense of it.
For an energetic person like me, perhaps the most ironic lesson has been around the need to slow down to move forward.
All of us, in short, are getting dizzy from movement, and find that our biggest luxury comes when we’re sitting still. Slowing down is a conscious choice and doesn’t means laziness. It means rather appreciating life & living now and here. Sounds easy but it’s not always easy.
- Start with enjoying your mornings, instead of rushing off to work in a frenzy. Drink your tea or cofee slowly and lovingly.
- Take time to enjoy whatever you’re doing.
- Appreciate the nature, open air activities.
- Focus on whoever you’re talking to or spending time with — instead of always being connected to an Internet or thinking about work.
- Learn single-tasking rather than switching between a multitude of tasks and focusing on none of them.
- Sometimes do nothing at all… there is nothing better than just lying in bed listening to music with your loved one…
They’re a simple principles, but easy to forget. So much of our life takes place inside our heads — in memory or imagination or expectation or just illusion — that if we want to change our lives, we might best start by changing our minds.