This holiday season, let go of one thing that isn’t a priority. It’s probably something you don’t really enjoy doing but do it anyway because you feel like you “should”. This might feel really hard to do, because you might disappoint someone. And, yes, that could happen. That’s OK. Do it anyway. Say “yes!” to yourself.
Racing through is so common in our culture. We’re all conditioned to believe faster is better. I certainly fall into this category. Speed is rewarded with promotions at work and praise from others. It’s no wonder we are all trying to do more in less time.
There is a cost, though. This speed driven culture drives us to exhaustion. It means we don’t have the patience to slowdown with our kids for a bedtime story. It means we are snippy with our loved ones as we try to get one more thing done on our to-do list and they want to connect. We are missing important moments and important conversations by rushing through our lives.
There is a better way. Slowdown. Turn off your phone, the TV, close down the computer and just BE for a few minutes. It is so simple, and so powerful. Our bodies and brains NEED space to just be. Notice how GREAT it feels to slowdown (this is your body saying “yes please!”).
I really love this ted talk about slowingdown. It gets to the heart of why it’s so important.
Have you ever ended a yoga practice and felt like you pushed too hard? Do you struggle with backing off of a pose when you know you should?
I’ve struggled with this big time! When I give myself permission to slow down and take it a shade easier, I get so much more out of my practice than if I had just bulldozed through. This can feel down right impossible when your ego is screaming “just go a little harder!” This is where you take a deep breath and even though it’s hard, give your body a break.
Notice what changes for you when you practice listening to your body instead of your ego.