Slowing Things Down: A Few Ideas

Our last post talked about the necessity of slowing things down, because your life is in the details. If you just blur past them, you blur past your life. At the end, I promised you a few of my favorite ways to slow down my life so that I could engage the moment. Here’s a few:

  • Go for a Run– seems a little counter-productive doesn’t it? But here’s the thing, running helps you burn all that pent up electrical energy that’s just sizzling in your body. It also helps you to develop better focus and self-control. In doing so, you won’t be distracted as easily when you’re working on something or spending time with people. I could go on and on about why we all need a workout regimen, but I’ll leave it at this last reason: a good hard run releases endorphins. Endorphins are your very own “happy pill”, the chemical that blocks pain and produces a feeling of general euphoria. If that’s not enough to sell you on it, I don’t know what is.
  • Stop and Smell the Flowers– literally. One of the best things I can do to “engage the moment” when I’m on my way somewhere is to stop moving, bend down, touch the leaves and the petals and put my nose right up to them, then just breathe. Yeah, it looks a little weird, but you know what, everyone else is going to miss out on that beautiful moment but you. Life is meant to be embraced with all your senses. Trust me, almost nothing will make you feel more alive than doing this. Just focus on the flower and let everything else fade out.
  • Go to a Playground– So as to not creep out parents, this one’s better done with your girlfriend, fiance, or with a picnic planned with a few friends. Watching children play helps to bring everything into perspective. It’s a good way to reevaluate your priorities and ask yourself if you are truly happy where you are in your life as well. As adults, we lose our sense of wonder and play. Seeing that innate curiosity and the wonder of little things; the way that kids completely lose themselves in their play, will help you foster those priceless qualities in yourself.

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