I didn’t always move quickly, but I soon acquired this “mode de vie” after trying to keep up in a multi alpha boy house. Because of home life, I learned to go after things: attention, food, and I learned that it was to be prepared for anything.
I once dated someone in special forces. I could relate on some level to his over preparedness and his careful observations in a crowded bar of every single individual’s actions. Ready for combat. Me too.
But this hyper-alertness didn’t help me when I tried to manifest things like joy, ease, and when I tried to understand nature. Nature doesn’t rush. Leaves fall. Trees grow. The sun rises and falls. None of these things are rushing and pushing for first place.
Trees Know Stillness
When I visited the ancient Cypress Forest recently, the old Cypress trees seemed to glean so much wisdom simply by being. Their sitting still for 500 years, gave them great knowledge. I know this may sound strange to some, but I talk to trees and get a lot of comfort from them.
Their stillness is comforting. It creates a stillness in me. It quiets me down. It seems like we need more trees in the world if only to remind people of the value of stillness and being. Pavement just can’t do that. I don’t take a big whiff of pavement and feel calm or inspired.
So slowing down has helped me but it hasn’t come easily or naturally.
Chi-Kung to Get Centered
Each morning I do Chi-Kung and feel more centered, quiet, calm and able to tackle my to-do list one thing at a time. It brings the energy from my head and circulates it equally throughout my body. It grounds my energy. I notice my digestion works better, I sleep better too.
Here’s a video for those who want to try my favorite qi gong (chi-kung) instructor’s breathing. (link)
And for more information on the science on slowing down, check out my book at (link). Chapter 11 goes into detail.
Have a mindful peaceful productive day!