“But Veronica, my to-do list is 5 pages long. I can’t slow down!”
Slowing down and being mindful doesn’t mean we throw our priorities out the window and don’t get important things done.
It does mean, however, we are practicing a moment-by-moment awareness of our body, environment, and feelings.
Whether we’re putting our focus into our sense of taste when we’re eating a delicious slice of pie, or giving attention to the way our chest moves up and down as we breathe, this awareness of self can help us to be present rather than living in our heads all the time.
Let’s talk about mindfulness.
Believe me, friends. I know how hard it is to slow down, but slowing down is imperative when it comes to growing in awareness and being able to be there for others.
Did you know the research on mindfulness has identified many benefits?
If you’re not sure where to begin in your mindfulness journey, practice with a guided meditation or take 5 minutes each day to sit with yourself in complete silence.
It doesn’t take hours of your time nor perfection to begin the practice of slowing down.
You just need to accept the present moment without any judgment, and acknowledge you are right here, right now.
In this above video, I share the importance of slowing down when it comes to listening to others. Listening is a spiritual gift, and you can continue to foster your gifts through intentional practice.
Be well and shine bright!