I often find myself during lunch breaks and daily about commutes around the city observing the hundreds of people passing in fast motion. With everyone so focused on their next task, I hink it is easy for us to feel obligated to accelerate our own speed along with it, until our productivity turns into frenzied accomplishment. We tend to disregard our natural rhythms because it seems we have to just keep up. In the end, rushing never gets us anywhere but on to the next activity or goal.
Observing those around me made me come to appreciate the moments we choose to be mindful and slow down to not only savor our experiences, but also allows us to fully focus our attention and energy on the task at hand. Moving at a slower place lets you get things done more efficiently, while rushing diminishes the quality of our work and our relationships. Slowing down also lets us be more mindful, deliberate, and fully present. When we slow down, we are giving ourselves the opportunity to reacquaint ourselves to our natural rhythms. We open ourselves the opportunity to become more curious of our surroundings, what we share with others and most importantly what is within us.
Slowing down allows us to disconnect from the frenzied pace so we can begin moving at our innate pace. The moments we choose to live in fast forward motion then become a conscious choice rather than an involuntary action.