Slow It Down

This time of year, everything seems to get more intense. More things to do, more places to be, more people to deal with. As we pack more and more into our already full everyday lives, the pressure builds.

At some point, we may find ourselves impatient, short tempered and exhausted. Life is whizzing by so fast, we can barely notice it, let alone enjoy it.

What to do? Slow it down.

Stop for a moment and notice the sounds around you. Check in and see how the body is feeling. Bring awareness to the emotions that are present right now. Take a deep breath and really feel what it feels like.

As you do this, you may become aware of lots of things going on right now that were invisible to you before you chose to slow down. Relax into this moment, and drink it in. The simplest awarenesses can touch you deeply and refresh you.

In the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction classes that I lead, we spend a week paying attention and opening to “pleasant” moments. What we often learn is that it is the seemingly mundane experiences (that we often blow by on “auto-pilot”) that offer the pleasure and connection that our hearts and bodies desire. Simply paying attention to what is already here opens up a fount of goodness that we can absorb. We don’t need to look anywhere else other than here and now. And there is nothing to buy!

Don’t take my word for it. Give it a try, following the simple instruction above. Or, if you’d like guidance, you can access the 4 minute meditation on my website. See if taking a few moments to practice paying attention in this way feels good to you.

Let me know what you discover!

Linda Oxford

Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500

Linda has a private mental health counseling practice in Rochester Hills and Alden (seasonally), Michigan. She provides compassionate and confidential psychotherapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes, meditation and yoga training to people, groups and businesses wanting to learn to decrease anxiety and depression, cope with chronic physical or emotional pain, improve health and well-being, and gain greater satisfaction with life.

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