MoHow Posted By Dr. MO Over the past two days I have written about how to slow down, be more connected with the present and enjoy your life more. If you are often in a hurry, and want to change that, this series of posts is for you..
In my opinion there is too much hurrying. We do it and see it on the highways, at the office, in line at the supermarket, on the sidewalks. This kind of hurrying is unhealthy, destructive, and a dangerous habit.
In today’s post I’m sharing some other ways to slow down, become happier, and actually achieve more. It’s not about doing nothing…it’s relaxing, and enjoying a range of activities that the hurrier in us has told us is “doing nothing” or “not caring”. We have believed these things for too long!
Here they are…….
Connecting to the natural world
I love spending time in my greenhouse. It’s a place where I can step into greenery all year round. For me it’s nature at my doorstep. This type of experience, this type of peace, is available in your back yard, a park, the woods, at the beach, near a river, or on a lake. Quiet places beyond the reach of the hustle and bustle of the city.
Here you can practice truly being. With fewer distractions focus on the natural world. Look closely at the plants, at the water, at the wildlife, at the sky. Truly appreciate the majesty of nature, the miracles of life. Resonate with the sound of the wind, the smells of the forest, the feel of the water…
Going with the flow
Years ago a teacher of mine said, “Learn to meditate in the forest first. Then practice so that you can be relaxed in the hurly burly of your life.”
Here are some city-centered times and places to practice patience..
Breathe while you are waiting in line, at the doctor’s office, on a bus, or for a plane. Wait, without reading a newspaper or magazine, without talking on the phone, without checking your email, without writing out your to-do list, without doing any work, without worrying about what you need to do later. Wait, and enjoy where you are. Concentrate on your breathing, relax, concentrate on those around you, watch them, understand them, listen to their conversations, smile, say hello, connect.
Be present when you drive or walk. Don’t listen to music or news or an audiotape. Don’t talk on your cell phone, don’t eat, and don’t do your makeup. Just be. Concentrate on your driving or walking, look at your surroundings, and feel your breathing. Relax yourself, slow down, and enjoy.
Finally, in your workplace or other stressful environment, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing. Do this, in the middle of a stressful day at work or with the kids. It will allow you to focus more fully on what you are doing. You will be more relaxed and bring yourself into a state of flow.
Flow cannot be mastered overnight. It’s a new skill, a healthy habit that will take hours and hours of practice and repetition to master. And if you want this healthy way of living to continue, you will need to stay with each of the techniques I have described (and others you may add). To remain in flow you will need to maintain your MO!
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