Say the words, I  A M  S L O W I N G  D O W N. How does it make you feel? 

The world around me doesn’t feel like it’s slowing down at all. In fact, I always feel like my life is speeding up. 

In a few short months my baby boy, now a young man of almost 18, will be graduating from high school. I have been divorced for almost seven years; I have been in a loving relationship for over four years; and I have been away from my Executive Director job for the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing arts for almost a year. Whew!

Time moves quickly. However, day-to-day I am craving the opportunity to slow down.

Since I left my go-go-go job with Pranakriya, I often find myself at a loss and inability to stay focused and get things done. At first, I just thought I have spent so much of my life working and accomplishing at top speed, that I must just need a break. I physically feel a strong desire to rest, relax and do less. This is a strange phenomenon for me – if you know me, you know this isn’t how I roll.  

I often find myself resisting this message I am receiving. Of course, the body and mind have a way of making you listen. Some days I return home from my morning work and feel I can’t do anything else. A nap always sounds good. I recall Stephen Cope writing in Yoga and the Quest for The True Self that for a period of time his yoga practice was taking a nap. I haven’t quite gotten there yet, but it is sounding more and more like a good idea.

The truth is, I don’t know if I know how to slow down. I am fascinated and intrigued by so many things, my mind is always interested in learning and doing more. This is another one of those “hard truths” to share considering what I do for a living. However, I also believe we teach what we most need to learn about and for ourselves.

So much continues to change.  I am listening and responding.  My yoga practice has dramatically changed over the last few years.  These days I primarily practice gentle, restorative, yin and yoga nidra.  I take longer, slower walks and spend more time in meditation. I am physically, mentally and emotionally moving into a different time in my life.  Just like fall will quickly transition to winter.

I always consider fall a prep time for winter.  We start to slow down and watch as the flora and fauna around us drop leaves, migrate and become quiet.  It might seem early to consider, but if you feel hurried and that time is moving too quickly, I invite you to start slowing down now.  It takes practice, patience and persistence. At least that is what I am discovering.

This month, start with a few of these activities for slowing down. (Get the handout HERE)

Next week we’ll look at Shavasana (relaxation or the practice of dying) to help us on our journey of slowing down.