Firstly, sorry this post is late, today I had to pop out first thing to do some chores. I was only meant to be out for about an hour, but one thing led to another, then another and before I knew it, the whole day had been taken up.
As it went on I found myself getting more and more agitated, frustrated and impatient…
Slowing down is about letting go. Letting go of want, of stuff, of frustration, anger and grudges and “I deserve”…
To really slow down you have to learn to let go. There are lots of ways of doing this, but one I have found very powerful (but a bit weird, so bear with me) was taught to me by an old hippy friend of mine (explains why it is a bit weird).
It is very straightforward and you can do it anytime anyway without looking odd (with a bit of practice), but I recommend you do it by yourself until you get the hang of it.
The way you do it is this: When you find yourself in a place of frustration, anger, blame, craving or agitation or whatever mental state you want to let go of. Tense your fist (whichever one feels right) squeeze it really tight and as you tense your fist, image all that pent-up mental state channeling from wherever you are feeling it in your body right now, down your arm into the fist, keep tensing your fist and image all that pent-up emotion in the centre of your palm. Once you have got it all in there (whenever feels right, could be seconds, could be a couple of minutes!) take a deep breath in and as you breath out gently relax your fist and imagine all that pent-up emotion being released and just floating off into the air…
You will feel better I promise (told you it was a bit odd, but I was taught it by a hippy so there you go…)
Have a good weekend!
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