Stopping and slowing down really allows you to assess what is important and where you are at with everything in your life. Living on the go, with the constant external noise of people, social media, the internet etc is exhausting, as well as distracting. I don’t know about you, but I find I get swept up by the buzz of things I feel I should be doing, things I could be doing, things that I may not even care about.
Taking time out regularly to connect with yourself really enables you to remember what is best for you and what you need. I have now started having daily meetings with myself (my intuition), where I stop and slow down and turn off all external media, I will go for a walk in nature or I’ll meditate for a few minutes if that is all I have time for.
One of the things that has come up for me in my slowing down time is how much I love to spend time alone in solitude and that I’m actually a massive introvert. I am now starting to respect this even more. I used to feel guilty, or like something was wrong with me, if I didn’t want to meet up with friends and instead wanted to have lots of time to myself. I’d make excuses, saying I had to work or had something else on, when in fact I just wanted to spend time alone reading, writing, meditating, walking, or just being. I’ve made a conscious decision to stop this and just say ‘no’, guilt-free. I am a proud introvert, I need lots of time alone, it’s who I am, it’s what replenishes me and makes me feel whole. Accepting and allowing it is a part of my journey.
I recognise we all have different demands on us, through work, family etc, but there is always time to slow down a bit, connect with yourself and do something for you, so I would love to encourage you to do just that.
Where in your life can you slow down?
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