At home have you ever started moving so fast through life that you felt like you lost your sense of touch, taste, smell? Where even if you saw something everyday it was all a blur because you were moving too quickly to really study it.
That happens to all of us.
And at those times the antidote to fast is slow. Take time to slow down and enjoy the moment you are living. Or put another way, live in the moment. In Italy I have often heard the words “Stai Calma” which means stay calm, relax. This is a useful reminder for all of us.
Be patient with yourself. It takes time to slow down. Start in small ways like tuning into your breathing, taking a look around you and noticing the details, eating slowly, sitting in stillness. These ways will help you to let life catch up to you.
There is a reason why so many writers, poets, artists gravitate to places like Italy. There you are encouraged to stop and slow down to the mystery of life. To artists slowing down inspires creativity. As Natalie Goldberg says,
“If you’re having difficulty coming up with new ideas then slow down. Slowing doen has been a tremendous source of creativity. It has allow me to open up, to know that there’s life under the earth and that I have to let it come through me in a new way. Creativity exists in the present moment. You can’t find it anywhere else.”
Today recommit yourself to taking things at a slow flow whether its eating, practicing yoga, walking, or working. Enjoy the process at a slow tempo.
“If you want a slow tempo – adagio, adagio – you can slow down to such a pitch that you’re faintly moving backwards here in Italy.” – DH Lawrence
59th St. Bridge Song by artists Simon and Garfunkel.
Slow down, you move too fast.
You got to make the morning last.
Just kicking down the cobble stones.
Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy.
What cha knowing?
I’ve come to watch your flowers growing.
Ain’t cha got no rhymes for me?