Slow Down…

I get ideas and I jump! And I do this in all facets of my life. It is perhaps why I am still awake after midnight writing. It is also perhaps why I tend to have a whole lot on the go at one time – and I’ve also always been like that too. Yoga has certainly helped me to slow down, it has also taught me that I do not need to react to every thought in my head, and in fact it is this lack of reaction, of taking the position of the observer or the witness that has become my steady mantra over the last few weeks. ‘Slowing down in the midst of chaos’. In the age of constant updates, ideas and multitasking it is proving more and more difficult to disengage and slow down. Racing from one event to the next, never finishing our to do lists. Business has become the norm and the result is we are missing out on our life.

Yoga and meditation can certainly help to slow down, but more so it teaches us that we don’t need to react to every thought in our head, and in fact it is this lack of reaction, of taking the position of the observer or the witness that has become my steady mantra over the last few weeks. ‘Slowing down in the midst of chaos’.

Taking time to just breathe, to soak up the experiences of the present – and savoring the deliciousness of each and every moment. We have choices in life: to carry out everyday as if on autopilot or to literally stop and smell the roses. Whether it is as simple as pausing to notice a bird on a fence, or weighing out ones words before answering a question. We only have one moment and then it has already been replaced by the next.

In practice, try slowing down the transitions between your poses. Begin to match your flows to your breath, using your full inhale to reach arms up or your full exhale to twist. And then… slow your breath down further. See how long it might take you to transition from downward dog to plank, or to step your foot forward in a lunge, hovering above the floor as the last of your out-breath releases and your foot gently lands on your mat. Allowing movement to be methodical, thoughtful and also liberating.  In this way we tune in to the quietness of our parasympathetic nervous system, also known as rest and digest and the only place healing can be experienced. Continue your slow flow all the way to the floor, moving from stretch to stretch like a dance. Calling yourself towards the deep rest of savasana.

To quote one of my favorite movies, Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast, you don’t stop and look around once in a while you might miss it.” Unfortunately these words don’t often sink in until faced with a crisis, or the end of something good. Try it – just slow down – if for only one day, one hour.

Staying fully present, each moment and taking notice. You may be surprised at the results physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and perhaps energetically.
Namaste, Lisa

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