It can be so challenging to slow down in spring when the earth is bursting with life and you have 731 ideas/goals/activities/to-dos you are working on!
Being creative and getting into the flow of your passions is very important and if you are speeding through your daily work you can miss a lot of inspiration/knowledge. Especially the knowledge gained by information processed from all five senses. It is really hard to experience the world/your life with all of your senses when you are moving too fast!
I dig the trend of slow food, slow flowers, slow beauty…And to avoid costly speeding tickets I’m also into slow driving! Ha! But…even now as I am hyped up and excited about slowing down…I am not actually slowing down, breathlessly typing away, ha! DEEP BREATH. (or five!)
I believe my method of treating patients could certainly be considered “slow health” or “slow medicine”. And not the kind of slow where you are sitting in a waiting room for 30 minutes, ha!
When I think of my “slow” approach, I think about being hyper-engaged and enjoying the process and being THOROUGH, mindful, engaged, present, attentive. All day long!
I am focused on TODAY! I find that the saying “be in the moment” is a harder concept to consistently put in to practice. But when I start thinking about just focusing on TODAY, that helps me engage more in the NOW.
Because there is ALWAYS something you can do NOW/TODAY. Book an appointment, reach out to someone, go to sleep early, take vitamins, say a prayer, drink water, identify what you are feeling emotionally, start a new hobby, yadda, yadda.
TUNE IN to your immediate environment (look outside! There’s a whole ecosystem out there for you to discover!!). If you are craving something NEW; guess what? There is literally ALWAYS something new to discover in nature and its (basically) FREE! In Maine, people take pictures of the sunrises (and sunsets) LITERALLY EVERY DAY. And they never get old when you are really tuned in to all that slow-down & engage with your five senses-stuff!
In order to start giving your mind/body/spirit what it needs RIGHT NOW: try slowing down and tuning in to all five senses!
If you’ve ever watched The Office then you’ve heard of planking…
The person on the left is our 13 year old who is now taller than all of us! And he’s holding a cellphone “because that’s what teenagers do” :) Also, note that the drawing includes Dexie, Freya AND Hammy too!