Slowing down

“Because you are alive, everything is possible.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh, Living Buddha, Living Christ

Mindfulness has always struck me (as a lawyer) as a non sequitur.

What people are seeking, qua their mind, is less thinking, not more.

But then again, it’s not just the thoughts we’re talking about. We’re talking about the whole practice.

In my case, one thing I increasingly notice is the moment I slow my breathing, my movements and reacting to any and every thought I don’t like — I recite the word “stay” — the more alive I feel in the moment.

The trouble is, in our always-on world, where busyness is a sign of success, we’re too easily seduced to believe that the longer the To Do list, the more likely it is we’ll feel satisfied. And it works, sometimes; but more often than not we feel tired, withdrawn and we long for the feeling of space that comes with our more connected self.

Whether it’s the speed you deal with emails, your day to day conversations and how much time you give yourself to travel, perhaps it’s time to consider if mindfulness, or a mindful, daily practice, should be and become something more than something else to list on your CV.

And the best practice I know is to slow it all down.

I wouldn’t suggest you time yourself, but it’s as well to check in once in a while to see how you feel. More often than not, that’s the best way to understand your level of mindfulness.



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