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January 2, 2011

When will we ever have the time to slow down, relax and breathe?

Modern society has become too fast paced for its average citizen to keep up. With the huge impact of technological advancements, everything moves twice as fast and we rush as a result of this surging momentum we call day to day living.

Everywhere we go we are in a rush, time has literally consumed our ability to even sit still for one minute. We are in a hurry to get to work; we rush to make deadlines, quicken our steps to make dinner, run this errand and fix that problem, all in a timely and convenient fashion. No wonder everyone these days are stressed out to the nines, we can’t even keep up with our own breathing let alone thinking.

When we constantly exert our energy past our ability to handle it’s output we drain all of our precious life force. When our minds are constantly focused with “doing” rather than just being, we lose all sensitivity to the many subtle currents that pervade our everyday existence.

We have lost base with our internal environment, becoming over stimulated by external stimuli we really don’t need to be consumed with all of the time. All of the meaningful priorities we only wish we could focus on become lost in the sea of “to do lists”.

So how can we slow down, relax and still keep up with our day to day demands?

Well first things first, yourself. Without focusing our attention inward and taking the time to nurture ourselves first, the outside world will constantly consume our energy and deplete the precious life force we need to carry forth with all our responsibilities.

By omitting things from our lives that become unnecessary exertions of energy, we not only preserve our vitality but communicate with ourselves on a more intimate level. Mediation can help with this process, as can exercises, deep relaxation, essentially anything that allows us to tune inside of ourselves sit with solitude.

Emotional detachment is also a quality we need to utilize more of. By detaching ourselves from the petty and mundane drama we not only save ourselves from emotional depletion, but we become objective in understanding all sides of any situation, not attaching to any one particular side.

By becoming consciously aware of each moment without mentally vacating from the present, we gain self power by taking responsibility for the here and now, not the yesterdays or tomorrow’s deadlines.

Each morning when we awake, we have the great power of choice to begin our days with peace. We have the opportunity to quiet the loud chatter of our minds, letting go of all the things we have to do today by just allowing ourselves the relaxation we need before we head out that door. Relaxation isn’t necessary only after a hard day of work; relaxation is a state of mind we create with our deliberate actions and beliefs.

Time is an illusion we need to come to terms with. We have all the time in the world to get things done, but we need to make room for ourselves in the process. We need the silence and space to be with ourselves undisturbed by the outside world even if only for 20 minutes. Only when we detach from the trivial networking of drama and “doings” around us can we enter a silence that allows our breath to flow unrestricted, enabling us to relax, let go and lay low.

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3 Comment(s)

  1. Sabina | Jan 20, 2008 | Reply

    Very thoughtfull. I was just browsing the net and found your post. Its very thought provoking. I like it. But at the end of the I think we can’t go back to the cave age era. I think that is the only way we will ever slowdown if we could give up all modern things that we take for granted.

  2. Sabina | Jan 20, 2008 | Reply

    Forgot to mention, keep’em coming. I am bookmarking your site.

  3. TruthWhisphers | Jan 21, 2008 | Reply

    Well thank you for the comment Sabina, i always appreciate when someone takes the imte to offer their thoughts

    Cheers
    TW

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