Monday, January 4, 2010

Get Slow...

To continue on this theme of slowing ourselves down and allowing time for rest, here is a list of ideas on how to do just that. Is there anything in this list you could do today?
  • Leave your watch on the bedside table.
  • Check email only twice a day.
  • Take the scenic route.
  • Light candles before you start to cook dinner.
  • Make up rituals.
  • Say a silent word of thanks and make eye contact with everyone at the table before you start eating.
  • Let the phone ring several times before answering.
  • Make a handmade present for a friend.
  • Set aside one night a week all for yourself.
  • Spend as much time outdoors in natural settings as you possibly can.
  • Pay attention to cycles of the moon and the shifting seasons.
  • Sit for a moment with your eyes closed when you start your computer.
  • Take a few moments before you climb out of bed in the morning to remember your dreams and think about what you want from the day.
  • Factor in an additional 25% every time you estimate how long something will take.
  • Always jump at the chance to play with a child.
  • Never pack your schedule so that there’s no room for a short walk.
  • Take a left where you generally take a right.

What do you do to slow down your body and allow it time to take in all that you seeing, experiencing, and feeling? How do you incorporate rest into your day?

Adapted from an article by Marco Visscher and Jay Walljasper. Ode Magazine, Issue #15.

No comments: