you so much for including me in your emails. I absolutely love the content, and
I always look forward to opening them when I have time to really pay attention.
fact, the email to which I am replying makes a very good point about individual
ability to slow down and pay attention. The reader/writer comments on what she
does to "slow down" so that she might help a reader who has trouble
I have difficulty slowing down in my daily life, I have come to understand that
it is not a difficult thing to do, it is simply a matter of my level of commitment
to the process.
emails themselves are often what I use to begin my effort to slow down.
sometimes, my slowing down only lasts for the time I read the email and engage
in whatever activity you suggest, which might be something simple like breathing
in deeply three times and feeling a certain way at the top of the breath or as
I recognize that I need to slow down and "relax" I simply say to myself,
"Let's take just a minute or two to settle and focus."
using some simple technique from one of your emails (I save them all in a special
file), I commit to the act of slowing down, which, in itself, is actually part
of my relaxation.
find that "beginning" the process is what actually puts me into the
"slow down" mode and begins to settle me and help with focus, without
me even realizing that I am slowing down. So, it is actually starting the process
itself that starts to slow me down.
when I might only have a minute or two, no matter where I am, I can just breathe
correctly and redirect my energy effortlessly to the task at hand, which is usually
avoiding just for a moment or two all other tasks at hand.
this way, I do slow down, I do relax, and I do end up doing a better, more focused
job on whatever else I was working on. I can just feel the stress melt away, and
then the "work" is something I look forward to doing, and it too can
I find that the more often I do this, the more it becomes a part of my routine,
the easier it becomes, and the more I seem to live in a relaxed or less-stressed
state throughout the entire day. At that point, slowing down seems to be less
a part of the equation because I am already in a pleasant state.
for everything, Chet!
and warmest regards,
If you find anything I have written to be useful at all, please feel free to share
it with whomever you wish. Thanks.