Monday, November 9, 2015

Slowing Down
         An overloaded, busy mind cannot apply itself effectively to any thought process. The more projects and tasks your mind is occupied with, the more it must race to keep up, and less efficiently it can function. Unless you are a world-class marathoner or engaged in a life-or-death struggle, a hectic pace and racing thoughts will burn you out or spin you out of control.
         Slowing down is not necessarily ceasing work, resting, recuperation, down time, sitting quietly, mindful introspection, contemplation, or the blanking out of occupational cares. Creating a slower pace is simply easing up on yourself. An unhurried pace permits more creativity, more focused and well-informed planning and decision processes, and more thorough after-the-fact review.
         Reducing the pace and intensity of your activities can greatly enhance your health and well-being. Intentionally slowing down will prevent obsessive worry, and may lower your blood pressure.
         Life in the slower lane is safer, less stressful, and manageable.