Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out & proclaiming “Wow, What a Ride!”

Monday, July 13, 2015

the beauty of simply living

In a couple of weeks I’ll be going out to our ranch in Colorado for three months, I need to take care of some tasks. I was making my to-do lists and what I want to accomplish while out there and was surprised at the first thing I had on my list: Learn to slow down, relax, and enjoy the moment.  

This was an unconsciously written statement, I do that sometimes, but it spoke loudly when I was reading my list back to myself.  I had planned, consciously, to get out there and go like a “bat out of hell” and get everything I wanted like, yesterday...  and I realized that this has become a daily routine for most, speed through your day and life.

Throughout our lives, we are taught to value speed and getting things done quickly. We learn that doing is more valuable than merely being, and that making the most of life is a matter of forging ahead at a hurried pace. Yet as we lurch forward in search of some elusive sense of fulfillment, we find ourselves feeling increasingly harried and disconnected. More importantly, we fail to notice the simple beauty of living. When we learn to slow down, we rediscover the significance of seemingly inconsequential aspects of life. Mealtimes become meditative celebrations of nourishment. A job well-done becomes a source of profound pleasure, no matter what the nature of our labors. In essence, we give ourselves the gift of time—time to indulge our curiosity, to enjoy the moment, to appreciate worldly wonders, to sit and think, to connect with others, and to explore our inner landscapes more fully.

A life savored slowly need not be passive, inefficient, or slothful. Conducting ourselves at a slower pace enables us to be selective in how we spend our time and to fully appreciate each passing moment. Slowness can even be a boon in situations that seem to demand haste. When we pace ourselves for even a few moments as we address urgent matters, we can center ourselves before moving ahead with our plans. Embracing simplicity allows us to gradually purge from our lives those commitments and activities that do not benefit us in some way. The extra time we consequently gain can seem like vast, empty stretches of wasted potential. But as we learn to slow down, we soon realize that eliminating unnecessary rapidity from our experiences allows us to fill that time in a constructive, fulfilling, and agreeable way. We can relish our morning rituals, linger over quality time with loved ones, immerse ourselves wholeheartedly in our work, and take advantage of opportunities to nurture ourselves every single day.

I may find it challenging to avoid giving in to the temptation to rush, particularly since I have acclimated to a world of split-second communication, cell phones, email and overflowing agendas. Yet the sense of continuous accomplishment I may lose when I slow down I am sure will quickly be replaced by feelings of magnificent contentment. I am hoping that my relaxed tempo will open my mind and heart to deeper levels of awareness that help discover the true glory of being alive.

so, here is to my most important task for the next three months-
                                                         experience the beauty of simply living

why not join me and see if you can slow down as well?

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