Slow Down. And Breathe.

“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” ~ Eddie Cantor

I’m studying Positive Psych at Kripalu and after every lecture there’s a short exercise used to ground and center us. As a person who straddles the epi-center of hussle and flow , I’ve come to appreciate this practice of breathing and slowing things down.

The Power of the Breath: In this 5-minute video, experience pranayama with Janna Delgado to calm the mind, soothe anxiety and stress, and promote clear thinking. Nadi shodhana is a simple, powerful practice of alternate-nostril breathing that balances the feminine cooling nadi, Ida, and the masculine heating nadi, Pingala.

How to Slow Down by Christopher Richards AND Slow Down Now (dot.org)

1. Drink a cup of tea, put your feet up and stare idly out of the window. Warning: Do not attempt this while driving.
2. Do one thing at a time. Remember multitasking is a moral weakness (except for women who have superior brain function). Tee-hee.
3. Do not be pushed into answering questions. A response is not the same as an answer. Ponder, take your time.
4. Learn our SLOW DOWN MANIFESTO
5. Yawn often. Medical studies have shown lots of things, and possibly that yawning may be good for you.
6. Spend more time in bed. You have a better chance of cultivating your dreams (not your aspirations.)
7. Read the slow stories. (My personal fav is ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
8. Spend more time in the bathtub.
9. Practice doing nothing. (Yes this is the difficult one.)
10. Avoid too much seriousness. Laugh, because you’re only alive on planet earth for a limited time.

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