In this blog I would love to invite you to slow down. Really slooooowwwwww dowwwwn.
You may have already wondered why? What does this mean?
A few deep breaths can immediately relax the body from tensions or ceaseless thoughts that occupy the mind in that moment. As the body relaxes you may start to feel more aware or receptive to what you feel or sensations that normally are dumped because of the endless noise and distraction that thinking can create. If you allow your sense of wonder to take you a wee further in this exploration, you will notice that those sensations, feelings are wanting to be known, acknowledged, felt, seen for what they want express or make known to your conscious mind. Why? So you may grow in awareness. So that the expanded awareness can inform you in your next choice in life, and the list goes on.
Our senses are over stimulated and overwhelmed by the amount of information they receive on a daily basis, especially if we live in a city. The light and noise pollution not only in public areas but also often created in the living space we occupy means that we don't give our senses, our body, our immune system time to breathe, space to recover, freshen up, reset or nourish itself in quiet, dark, fresh air space where nothing is demanded of us for a while. This is deeply nourishing and restful to our senses and our wellbeing.
If we have grown up in a culture or upbringing that relies heavily on external stimuli, be that being constantly with people or constantly having television, radio or internet on, we will find quiet time very strange, difficult if not useless and impossible sometimes for some. How can we know what we need when our culture is giving us messages that confirm over-stimulation to be the norm? Often for many its not until we experience extreme discomfort or some form of disease that we start to question the way we are living and look for alternative ways to experience life.
I grew up in a culture that doesn't encourage solitude and reflective time alone. It took the grip of depression (in my late 20s) and a burn out to feel a deep craving to be alone and far removed from screens, television, strong lights and noise. Intuitively I found myself going for very slow meditative walks in a little wild green park near my house. Hardly anyone walked there which was a blessing for me. I walked really slow. It allowed me to feel intimate with my immediate surrounding which in turn made me feel wonder as I started to see, really see the light, the grass, the bugs, the trunk. I could see more than I ever did. I could feel the wind brushing my hair and feel the sounds resonate through my body with feelings of delight. For about two months I slowed down and took refuge in silence, solitude and nature and reemerged again fully nourished and inspired by my discovery of what I had connected with. Deeper parts of me that had not had air and space to be were allowed to come alive because I slowed down, nourished my senses with delight and wonder and met parts of myself I did not want to leave behind again.
Slowing down has numerous benefits for our physical, mental and emotional health. You only have to slow down to read something that you enjoy to feel nourished. You only have to slow down to water the plant to feel the plant, notice its colors, shape and how she is doing. Slowing down doesn't have to take a particular form. It really is about feeling relaxed in your being, moving slowly, allowing your senses to take a bigger place in your being.
That way you are likely to encounter wonder more often, and that in itself is a wonder filled moment after moment.