yoga to slow down
In our culture we spend our days rushing around. Many of us live in cities that bustle around us. We move around quickly in cars and on rapid transit. When we feel like we can’t keep going we keep ourselves going with stimulants such as caffeinated beverages and sugary snacks.
Because our culture favors speed and activity we don’t take the time to rest and relax. In fact with all the speed and activity it becomes difficult to slow down and sleep can even elude us to the point of insomnia.
Mentally, we spend 12+ hours a day in front of screens consuming TV, Internet, music, videos, texting, and gaming. Researchers have found that non-workplace information consumption has increased 350 % since 1980. All this screen time and overuse of our intellect results in restlessness and poor memory.
Emotionally the rushing, busy-ness, stimulants and screen time causes us to become over-reactive and hypersensitive. We begin to experience anxiety, we feel easily hurt, offended and it feels as though are nerves are always raw.
We can give ourselves permission to slow down. A lot. We can rest, nap, sleep more and move at a much slower pace. Physically we can move more slowly. Instead of zipping around in our cars and on public transport, making the choice to get there more slowly by walking is an option that can nourish our energy reserves. Mentally, we can give ourselves permission to take breaks from work, even if it is short screen breaks during our work days.
Today in our class we will practice slowing down and taking a break mentally
Today’s question to answer in the comments is: How are you going to slow down this week?
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