This has made me reflect on how often I rush through other situations in my life...through relationships, through books, through conversations, through my day. Where am I trying to go? And do I really think I'll get there faster by speeding everything else up in my life? I have seen how often digestive issues are healed just by the simple act of slowing down, of loosening the body before eating and chewing and savoring every mouthful of food. And when we begin to slow down and enjoy our meals, we can start to wonder what else we can fully experience if we just slowed down. How different would your day to day errands be if you actually lived and experienced them instead of mindlessly going from one task to the next? What if you slowed down while making love and let all your sensations and emotions build? What if you sat with pain, uncomfortable feelings, anger, sadness, immense joy and allowed your life to open up to you instead of trying to take control of it?
I have seen how slowing down during my meals and sitting with my food with no other distractions has helped me to slow down when I am driving, to slow down when I am in between tasks, even to slow down while in a discussion with someone else. It has reminded me that every single event, situation, feeling is precious and is a reminder that I am alive. Even when I am feeling overwhelmed, unsure, and out of control in my own life I have been able to sit with these emotions more and more and it has revealed that underneath these labeled feelings is a sense of calm. There is this inner voice present for all of us always there as a reminder that we are strong, powerful, resourceful, and that even when life seems to be piling up that we have what it takes to get through.
So as an experiment, slow down...for one meal, for one shopping trip, for one date with your loved one. Live in the moment, breath into your body, and fully experience what it is like to be you in your skin.