Today my invitation is all about slowing down and savoring the moments. Before you go any further, take in a slow, deep, sweet breath of air and let it fill you. Release the same way, soft, slow and gentle. Say hello to your body if you haven’t yet today.
Sounds a little weird, right? Could you try it anyway? I mean that’s what these permission slips are all about. Letting yourself explore things that feel a little outside of your comfort zone because that’s where growth happens.
Nights have gotten a little cooler here in New England which lets me know that summer is beginning to wind down. I notice my body wanting to hold onto each moment a little longer. So that’s just what I’m going to do this week and I’d love you to join me.
Moving slowly in a world that is ultra-fast is an act of revolution. Yup, you heard me right. Revolution’s start at home with individual practices that create ripples outward. I teach about the 3 P’s of perfectionism, pleasing and pretending that are conditioned responses to a patriarchal culture. Too early to talk patriarchy?
Sorry, not sorry.
Slowing down is counter to this culture. Really, truly allowing yourself to see and savor the beauty from moment to moment is a practice when our minds have been trained to jump six steps ahead. Can you close the 20 open tabs in your brain and be here now?
As I write to you, I’m savoring the sound of the wind that is just outside the window and I’m savoring these last few sips of coffee. I’m savoring the image in my mind of each of you opening this message and slowing your breath.
If you notice your energy ramping up, that out of body, I have a million things to do, there’s not enough time mindset that we’ve been taught in this culture. See it. Acknowledge it. Place your hands on your chest and soften your breath.
Slowing down is how we shift from pleasing to PLEASURE. This week let yourself practice.
Slowing down is where most of my clients have the hardest time. You are essentially retraining your brain. This is why I highly recommended printing the permission slip, writing it out and posting it where you will see it most often. The act of doing so is a powerful practice.
One last thing! The 3 P’s of perfectionism, pleasing and pretending I mentioned are all part of Good Girl Syndrome. Is your good girl running your life? Take the quiz and find out.
As always, I’m rooting for you. What’s it like slowing down? Seriously I want to know...message me and share your story.