We live in a world that too often feels like the fast lane of a super highway. We’re on information overload and things are changing so rapidly. Technology and convenience are the name of the game as we race to consume whatever we can.
Sure, I love technology and convenience as much as the next guy…and I’ll take high speed internet any day! There are definitely times when speed is optimal. But too often I find myself racing through things, constantly with my sights ahead of me, not in the now. All I want to do is check things off my To Do list. I like pen and paper, and I get satisfaction from crossing things off (between you and me, sometimes I write things on the list JUST so I can cross them off!) But at the end of the day, having a completed To Do list doesn’t always feel satisfying when I haven’t fully enjoyed my experiences.
When you are driving fast, you can only really see clearly what’s ahead of you. If you look out the side window, where you are NOW, it’s a blur. Race by too quickly, blink, and you’ll miss it. And by “it” I mean just about everything!
While slower does not always equal more mindful, it’s often conducive to conditions where more focus can be applied. In a society where we just want more, faster, we don’t necessarily appreciate what we do have. To appreciate is to be grateful, but it’s also to be conscious and aware. We’re too busy multi-tasking…and if not doing multiple things at once, we’re thinking about doing other things while we’re doing something else.
My challenge this week is to SLOW DOWN.
STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES!
Pick a task, any task, and really put your attention on it. It can be something simple that you often rush through, like brushing your teeth, washing the dishes, or making your bed. (What? You’re too busy to make your bed???) Really try to involve as many senses as you can. What does it look like? How does it smell or taste? How does it feel to the touch? Does it make a noise?
You know the old saying that you should chew your food 32 times? Try it. Really taste each bite. Let your mouth do it’s job! It’s an integral step in the digestive process…your tummy will thank you! (Side note…not only will slowing down your eating help to increase your pleasure, but you may even find some weight loss benefits! It takes time for your brain to register that you are full, so eating quickly often results in overeating.)
Have a great week and if you happen to see a rose, give it a sniff!