In today’s world all has to go fast, fast, fast. There is so much to accomplish, you have to get everything done real quick.
Really, do you?
Are you sure, doing something in a hurry actually guarantees that you will be able to a) squeeze more tasks into your day and b) make you a more efficient person?
I mean I am one of those people who a lot of the time walk no run through their day a bit like this: Get up and ready for work whilst doing all sorts of household things at home. Hurry from the car to my office (literally running up the stairs), switching on the computer standing and without taking my jacket off. Take out my notebook and frantically start writing what needs to get done and so on and so on.
This is where I stopped and took a step back: my Yoga practice is a bullet point on my to do list and I need to get it done? Something doesn’t sound quite right there.
My lovely coach Joanna encouraged me to contemplate the idea of “slowing down to get more done”. It did seem a bit alien at first, like how am I supposed to get more done if I go more slowly. Giving it a try I soon noticed that slowing down opens a space not just of time but also of more consciousness and fun.
It seems obvious but somehow we forget: when we take the time to go about our day with awareness, when we take the time to look at what needs to get done, when we set priorities and then do the work consciously, we are not only calmer and less stressed but we get a lot more done. Time goes by slower and there isn’t that constant pressure that the hands of the clock are moving too fast. We don’t just rush to the next result but enjoy the process. Maybe we take a little tea break or we notice spring blossoming and take an extra minute outside to take in the fresh air. Slowing down makes us not only more efficient, we make less mistakes, it makes us nicer to be around, it makes us more creative and it leaves more space for connecting with others.
The other day I tried to apply this to my Yoga practice and surprise … I felt great. The slow movements helped: my body responded positively to the slow movements and I could go deeper into the poses, my breath was fuller and the inhales and exhales much longer, the sense of calm kicked in a lot earlier in my practice and I did not worry or care about what time it was and for how long I should go on.
Give it a try.
Credits: Minimalist Photography by Hengki Koentjoro