Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Slow down

Wherever it may be that we are in such a rush to arrive, we’re sure to find it a more enjoyable place if only we would dare to get there relaxed!

Before you can step out of the rush and into your own life, you must first see that while anxious, hurried feelings often lend a temporary sense of self-importance, these same racing emotions actually rob you of the power you need to be self-commanding.

A brief investigation will confirm this finding.

Self-command begins with being able to choose your own direction in life.

And whether you’re caught in the raging current of a white-water river, or being swept along by a flood of invisible thoughts and feelings, one fact remains: Like it or not, you’re going where that current goes.

You have no real choices as long as you’re under its influence. That’s why learning to step out of the rush is the same as learning how to step into your own life.

Allow the following exercise described below to show you that your real nature never feels the need to rush any more than an eagle would try to swim across a lake to get to the other side.

Here’s the challenge: Rushing thoughts and anxious feelings are invisible to you because each time they begin to race, you start to run with them.

You are not these waves of thought any more than a cresting tide is the entire ocean.

Author Vernon Howard offers us this emphatic instruction to help strengthen our resolve to stop this mad dash to nowhere: “Slow down. Relax. Dare to deliberately defy those inner screams that demand you rush nervously around. Instead, obey another quiet voice that assures you that the casual life is the truly powerful and efficient life.”

We need to learn to slow down our life. And then choose a new direction.

Beginning this very moment, intentionally separate yourself from any rushing inner condition by voluntarily stepping out of it.

How can this be done?

Purposefully slow yourself down by acting to consciously reduce your usual speed.

Here are several suggested ways to guarantee a good start.

At fifty percent your normal gait, walk over to get your cup of coffee.

Try reaching for the phone, your glass of water or your pen at seventy-five percent your normal speed.

Drive the speed limit (at all times) but especially when late for an appointment.

One practice I find particularly profitable, at home and in business, is to always pause a few seconds before I answer someone’s question.

This special conscious pause for self-awakening is invaluable because, as the old saying goes, “Only fools rush in!”.

Whatever the occasion may be, choose the time and place to slow down, and then practice stepping out of the rush.

Slowing down helps you become aware of yourself in a new and higher way by creating contrast between your usual speed through life and your now selectively slower one.

This enhanced self-awareness empowers you to step out of the rush of your own surging thoughts and feelings by making you conscious of their flooding presence within you as being something that doesn’t belong to you.

Once this is clear, then you can choose your own direction in life.

Step out of the rush by slowing down.

Do it Now.

If you want to find what is timeless, dare to live as though you have all the time in the world.

Can we learn to hold eternity in our hands?


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