Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Slow Down Therapy

this came across my desk yesterday at work & i thought i would share it.  we all are living at such a fast pace that its nice to pause.  to take time.  to go a little slower every now & then.

"Slow Down Therapy" ~ Author Unknown
  1. Slow down; you’re not responsible for doing it all yourself—at least not right now.
  2. Remember a happy, peaceful time in your past. Rest there. Each moment has richness that takes a lifetime to savor.
  3. Set your own pace. When someone is pushing you, it's OK to tell them they're pushing.
  4. Take nothing for granted: watch water flow, the corn grow, the leaves blow, and your neighbor mow.
  5. Taste your food.
  6. Notice the sun and the moon as they rise and set. They are remarkable for their steady pattern of movement, not their speed.
  7. When you talk with someone, don't think about what you'll say next. Take time to listen and your thoughts will spring up naturally.
  8. Create a place in your home...at your work...in your heart...where you can go for quiet and recollection. You deserve it.
  9. Allow yourself time to rest. Rest isn't a luxury; it's a necessity.
  10. Listen to the wind blow. It carries a message of yesterday and tomorrow-and now. NOW counts.
  11. It’s ok to rest on your laurels sometimes. They bring comfort whatever their size, age, or condition.
  12. Talk slower. Talk less. Don't talk. Communication isn't measured by words.
  13. Give yourself permission to be late sometimes. Life is for living, not scheduling.
  14. Listen to the song of a bird; the complete song. Music and nature are gifts, but only if you are willing to receive them.
  15. Take time just to think. Action is good and necessary, but it's fruitful only if we muse, ponder, and mull.
  16. Make time for play at the things you like to do. Whatever your age, your inner child needs re-creation.
  17. Learn to stand back and let others take their turn as leaders. There will always be new opportunities for you to step out in front again.
  18. Take time to read. Thoughtful reading is enriching reading.
  19. Take a day off--alone. You can learn from hermits without becoming one.
  20. Pet a furry friend. You will give and get the gift of now.
  21. Work with your hands. It frees the mind.
  22. Take time to wonder. Without wonder, life is merely existence.
  23. Sit in the dark. It will teach you to see and hear, taste and smell.
  24. Once in a while, turn down the lights, the volume, the throttle, and the invitations. Less really can be more.
  25. Take a walk-but don't go anywhere. If you walk just to get somewhere, you sacrifice the walking.
  26. Count your friends. If you have one, you are lucky. If you have more, you are blessed. Bless them in return.
  27. Count your blessings - one at a time and slowly.
  28. Let go. Nothing is usually the hardest thing to do - but often it is the best.

enjoy your day!

2 comments:

pcflamingo said...

I like that so much. Thank you, I needed that.

Karen said...

Thank you for sharing. I really needed the reminder to slow down.