Avenue of treesA short while ago I opened an opportunity for people to send me stories of mindfulness that can show the rest of us how it has had a practical impact on a particular event or their lives. I’m calling this column of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, “Voices.”

A number of people continue to write in with stories. If you have a story, continue writing in and as long as there are good stories that teach the rest of us how mindfulness can work in our lives, I will choose from them from time to time to post on Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.

Of course those that get chosen can also send me a link that I’ll include in the post where people can learn more about them.

Here’s a wonderful story that teaches us the wisdom behind slowing down in life by Angeliki:

I had a moment of mindfulness yesterday morning. I was working from home, planning my busy day, stressing out about everything, trying to solve all sorts of problems that are going on in my life. I felt restless and I couldn’t concentrate on my work. And then, I looked outside and I saw the sun peeking through the tall trees and everything went quite in my head and I spent a few moments meditating on that image. It was like I connected back with the present moment and I “fell awake” again.

When things become challenging, when life throws unexpected events my mind goes back to previously well travelled paths, to old familiar ways of thinking. I realized that it needs a lot of practice and determination to override the normal tendencies of our mind to label, problem solve, multi-task and ruminate constantly. I’m still a work in progress.

So, I’d like to thank my brain for doing what it’s supposed to be doing and for trying to help me out but I’d rather take a different path this time. I’ll slow down. I’ll slow down so that I can accomplish everything and enjoy the process along the way. I want to give my best self to every single project and not just a fraction of my stressed self.

I decided the sunlight every morning will act as a reminder that I won’t rush through the day, I’ll do one thing at a time and I’ll enjoy my time doing it.

When we intentionally choose to slow down in life, we can’t help but to take in more of the life that is unfolding moment to moment.

Take this as a challenge today, slightly slow down in the things you’re doing, whether it’s walking to your car, eating your food, or even talking to a friend. See what you notice, let your experience be your best teacher.

Image of trees from Shutterstock.

 


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    Last reviewed: 9 Nov 2011

APA Reference
Goldstein, E. (2011). Voices: The Wisdom in Slowing Down. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 18, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/mindfulness/2011/11/voices-the-wisdom-in-slowing-down/

 

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