Slowing Down

Following an exhausting few days fraught with some of the challenges of travel in the 21st century, I have been contemplating what might have caused us to become a culture of fast, faster, and fastest. Why ever is it that we so worship speed, and what would have to happen to get us to slow down?

As I reflect back upon my life I see that many of my earliest memories involve hurrying on some level...hurrying to get to school before the bell rang, hurrying to finish my arithmetic (yeah... those were the pre-math days) so I could go to recess, hurrying to get home after school for my activities, and then hurrying home for supper (we used to call it that) so that I could eat, get my homework finished and then have time to relax for a few minutes before going to bed, getting some sleep, and starting the whole process all over again.

Not only did I continue at that pace throughout most of my childhood, but I likely passed an accelerated version of "the hurried child" on to my own children during their formative years. Now that they are grown and on their own having survived it all, I must admit that I still find myself continuing to play out some version of fast, despite my efforts to focus on calming down over the past few years.

I received an interesting insight this morning from a valued friend. Knowing that he has successfully been slowing down over the past few years, while simultaneously enjoying an enviable lifestyle replete with health and happiness, I queried of him, "What did you do to slow down today?" I found his response quite remarkable. "I took a bath for four hours." "You WHAT?" I marveled? "Yeah... I took a bath for four hours." "Well how in the name of God did you keep from shriveling, shrinking, or shivering to the bone?" "I kept adding hot water and oils." "Oh," I mused. "Wow." "Amazing!"

And then I began to wonder what it would be like to take a bath for four hours. How would I ever be able to sit there that long? Hummmm, maybe I ought to try it. How about you. Are you in?

Send us your ideas on slowing down and while you're at it...really stop and smell the flowers the next time you run across a fragrant bunch... I mean really.

Radiant blessings and love,


PS) Be Proactive At Slowing Down...