This week, I’d like to share with you my thoughts on the importance of slowing down. We live in a busy world and we often move from one thing to another as quickly as we possibly can. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s great to get things done and check them off our lists. It makes us feel better and in control. However, doing things too quickly can also create a messy results, keep us drained of energy and out of breath.
I believe by slowing down we can actually stay in control and even gain more time. We can see things more clearly and stand in our power more. For example: speaking a little slower than we are used to can bring some incredible changes into our lives.
I used to have an issue in this area. I spoke way too quickly, just to get the words out of mouth ASAP. I didn’t want to be seen or heard. I wanted to always stay in the background and to keep a low profile. I was scared to ask questions, and when I had no other choice but speak, my throat would get dry, my voice would get squeaky and my palms would sweat.
Because I also felt unimportant, and thought what I had to say didn’t matter and people wouldn’t let me finish, also contributed to talking fast to get my point across very quickly and then go and hide again from the reality.
These days I sometimes still dread speaking up, but now I’ve learned to become much calmer. I do take my time, I breathe slowly and deeply and I mostly talk in confidence. I don’t get too worried what other people think of me now and this brought so much peace into my life. Speaking slowly also helped me slow down doing other things too. Now, I feel more in control. I can also do things quickly, but at the same time calmly. I feel empowered.
And how about you? Is there any area in your life where you could invite more calmness by slowing down?