Mindful Monday no. 45: Slowing Down Time

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Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven’t time, and to see takes time – like to have a friend takes time.”

– Georgia O’Keeffe

Where does the time go? The minutes, hours, and days are disappearing like sand in an hourglass. Our schedules are packed fill of appointments and meetings and errands. The only downtime we have is often spent on time-suckers like games, social media, television–the type of thing that allows us an escape. And once we’ve clicked off these electronics, we regret that we hadn’t picked up that novel or pursued that passion of painting or used the time to exercise or meditate–things that are harder to initiate but better for us.

While we will never not feel the strain of time, it is important to slow down. How can we enjoy the moment when we are thinking of three hours ahead? How can we take in the present when we are escaping the moment checking emails on our phone?

Here are 6 ways to do the impossible – slow down time:

  1. Give up time: Turn all clocks around in your house. Take off that watch. For one whole day off, I encourage you to not look at the clock. Allow yourself the space to enjoy the moment and let the day flow naturally.
  2. Quit multi-tasking: A few months ago, I wrote a post about single-tasking. It’s not only nice to be present with the task at hand, some studies have shown that you get more done.
  3. Adopt the mantra of here and now: If you are constantly worrying about future events or dwelling on the past, take up the mantra of the here and now. Gently say these words to yourself when you notice you are in another time, while taking a few deep breaths.
  4. Make time for free time: Did you see our post on purging your day planner? If you feel constrained with time and are making sacrifices to your own self-care, letting go of obligations or responsibilities that are no longer serving you can be liberating.
  5. If you want to escape, set a timer: Sometimes we do want to play games, or go on social media, or watch television for some downtime where you don’t have to think. If you set a timer, you’ll allow yourself the time to relax while making sure that it doesn’t turn into a binge session.
  6. Breathe, meditate, or practice yoga: Develop your skills of mindfulness through key exercises on a regular basis so you can slip more effectively into the present moment. The more we are engaged with the present, the more we will feel like we are engaging with life rather than letting time

How did these tips work for you?

Lindsay

 

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