October 5, 2012

Move Into the Slow Lane

Living in a fast paced, achievement orientated society where ‘time is money’ it can seem that time is of the essence, but are there things to be gained from living life in the slow lane?

Time allows reflection, analysis and growth which brings greater truth and depth to the projects you work on, the relationships you form and the way you engage in the world.

There is a high price to pay for ‘doing it all.’ The price is not just illness, disease or physical burn out, but sacrificing important time with family and friends and not having the time or energy to pursue hobbies and other interests. Living life too much in the fast lane can also leave you disconnected from your own life and sense of self.

In order to live a healthy and balanced life it is necessary to learn to say no to some things and to expand your sense of self to include a lifestyle that supports you. It is about learning to be softer, more accommodating and compassionate with your body, your life and your achievements.

A man with great insight, cartoonist and poet Leunig expresses this shift in mindset beautifully; ...across the difficult terrain of our existence we have attempted to build a highway and in so doing we have lost our footpath...nothing can be loved at speed. God lead us to the slow path; to the joyous insights of the pilgrim; another way of knowing: another way of being...

As Leunig so wonderfully expressed, by slowing down you have a chance to connect with your soul and to truly appreciate and love your life. Embracing a slower life, by choice or necessity, benefits your health and wellbeing, allowing you to live a life of balance and a life of self respect.

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