The long New Year’s weekend has created a block of time to reflect and plan for 2016, and I have been doing a lot of planning. Feel my joy in planning and quantifying the coming year and keeping everything UNDER CONTROL.
However, my underlying agenda for this year is to slow down in every way. Often, the first step in mindfulness meditation is to watch your breath. The planning process can be just that- observe with kindness the wild horse of your mind as it gallops and skids backward and forward in time. Then you can gently rein it in once it has worn itself out.
Slowing down is the least popular activity on the streets of New York. It is actively discouraged at (all?) work and is culturally unpopular in most groups and settings. We eat fast, we talk fast, we shop fast, we work fast (and hard, and long), we drink fast, we travel fast, and we wonder where the year went.
Tools for slowing down in 2016
- Miracle Nutrition with Hearty White time traveling Radio personalities with pure intentions and surreal stories
- Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants diet simplification. I intend to shop at the farmer’s market and cook at home, and to eat as a family and with friends as much as possible
- This blog, and its sister which steadily addresses the paradox of desiring desperately to be on a madcap adventure while knowing it is best to stay at home.
- The library, of course.
Happy New Year, All! Follow Hearty’s advice and be kind to yourself and everyone else.