Life moves pretty fast.
If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.
When is the last time you stopped in the moment of doing something and realized you were somewhere else entirely? For me it was yesterday. My daughter was telling me a story about something she did at school. I was busy looking for something, while I was also trying to text someone and jot something down on a list before I forgot it.… I mumbled to her, “uh-huh…” She didn’t fall for it. ”MOM!” she yelled. “Are you even listening to me?”
Now, I’m a person who prides myself on taking the time to listen - it’s how I best serve my clients… so this shook me a bit- and it’s not the first time.
I responded, ”Sorry, honey. I wasn’t. Can you tell me again? Please?” I stopped multitasking and sat down in front of her to listen.
We rush. We rush as a culture. We rush to talk. We rush to get it all done. We rush to accomplish and achieve. We rush to feel better. We rush so much that these moments tend to slip by us.
I do believe that one of our greatest gifts as humans is our presence to one another. Especially now. This requires one main ingredient: slowing down. Slowing down to enjoy it, to taste it, to hear that which is being said, to feel and emphasize. Slowing down enough to do the right thing (like taking your own bags to the store, stopping to ask “do I really need this,” to open the door for someone).
Slowing down to listen to our bodies. These bodies that have an endless source of energy and knowledge to offer us. We just have to pay attention. Movement and breath are some of the best tools to bring us back to the moment.
This year, my goal is to slow down long enough to enjoy it. Will you join me?
Below I’m sharing my gratitude list. I spend about 5 minutes every morning writing down what I am grateful for. I invite you to practice this with your loved one’s this holiday. Share with each other three things you are grateful for.
I would love to hear how you slow down, take time, listen. Please reach out. I promise to write back.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
In endless gratitude,
STRAIGHT FROM MY GRATITUDE JOURNAL:
My daughter and her sweetness
Hot tea in the morning
A good night’s sleep
My job and the freedom it allows me
My sisters and nephews
Help and love from friends and family
My bodies ability to heal
Quiet mornings to myself
Exploring new movement and places
The growth relationships bring