There is more to life than increasing its speed.
Who doesn’t feel as if there aren’t enough hours in the day? We rush through the day, running here and there and end up exhausted. Somehow these days that are full of duties, obligations, and busyness have begun to build up and become our lives. We spend our time doing things we don’t really want to do, yet we feel we should. We’ve come to believe that being productive and crossing things off our to-do list is the ultimate goal.
The truth is, life on Earth is a brief gift, and our time is too precious to be used like this. If we want our lives to be balanced and healthy, we need to lessen our load and increase our downtime. This means planning less in a day, prioritizing those things that make our hearts sing and de-prioritizing those things that are not imperative.
Take a few moments before you climb out of bed in the morning to remember your dreams and to think about what you want from the day. Leave your watch on the bedside table. Take the scenic route. Sit for a moment with your eyes closed when you start your computer. Check email only twice a day. Don’t pack your schedule so tight that there’s no time for a short walk. Light candles before you start to cook dinner. Add one moment here and there for slowness; it can be done simply and will have a profound effect on your well-being.
Adapted from an article by Marco Visscher & Jay Willjasper, Ode Magazine, Issue #15
By, Traci A. Fonville, HC, AADP, RYT
Traci A. Fonville is a board certified holistic health coach, a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a registered yoga teacher. She is the owner of I Affirm Wellness, which specializes in health coaching and beginner yoga classes. She is a Wellness Advocate for dōTerra Essential Oils and a Brand Ambassador for ItWorks! Follow Traci on Instagram and Facebook @iaffirmwellness. Log onto her websites for health and wellness products at www.mydoterra.com/iaffirmwellness and www.iaffirmwellness.myitworks.com.