The Art of Not Rushing

The Art of Not Rushing ~ How do we navigate this crazy world with grace and ease and not get caught up in the frenzy? How do we keep the spirit of our lives alive in the midst of excess pressures, demands and expectations (both external and internal)? As someone who strives for perfection and has a habit of placing way too many things on my to-do list, these are helpful questions for me to ponder.

As I tell my patients when they ask if their symptoms and conditions are ever going to change, awareness is the first step.

It’s useful to remember that autumn is a time to reap the abundance of the prior months of the year. There is a flow to the seasons that runs in our DNA. Spring is the time of birth and starting projects; summer is for growth and activity; autumn for harvesting the crops, celebrating the work and accomplishments of the previous seasons. And winter is a time of inwardness, rest, doing less not more.

How do we honor ourselves, our energy and spirit, avoid overwhelm and develop the art of not rushing? Here are some ideas:

§  Know your limits and set healthy boundaries, both with yourself and others.

§  Practice saying “No.” Remember, “No.” is a complete sentence.

§  Take quiet time first thing in the morning and last thing before going to bed.

§  Get enough sleep.

§  Stop packing it in, trying to do it all. Engage spirit to help guide your next right action.

If we truly want to see and experience more peace in the world, it starts with our own cultivating of peaceful thoughts and actions daily.