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Why Slowing Down Is Key to Your Success
CHANGING LANES: LIFE IN THE SLOW LANE
While celebrating the life and death of my incredible 97-year old grandmother this past weekend, I’ve been contemplating the deeper mysteries. What is a life well-lived? How to build a formidable family? What brings us the most quality in life?
One thing stands out: SLOW DOWN.
i.e. Let go. Pay attention. Appreciate the finer things in life. Trust.
In mindfulness practices, we learn to pay attention to the present moment, done most effectively by paying attention to our breath. When we place our attention on the breath, we slow the brain down to the rhythm of the body. We slow the body down to the rhythm of the breath.
One of my mentors and colleagues calls this driving in the slow lane. She sits quietly (knowingly) in the background of my life, encouraging me at poignant moments to slow down. “Easy Does It.”, she encourages.
Among the legacies I inherit from my family of wholesome, Illinois farmers is a great appreciation for the nature of things. I can assure you, there is no rushing in farming. You can’t hurry the corn up during it’s growing cycle. You can’t push the rain or sunshine to come out and play. You can only surrender to the way things are, the Tao. Ahhh….breathe deep. Enjoy the cycle of life. There is a time for every season.
Here’s to life in the slow lane.
Please leave a comment with how you choose to slow down this week and trust the process.