Slow Down Therapy


I came across an old email the other day as I was searching for a message to share this Thanksgiving. I hope as you read through this list, you find some piece of advice that you can apply to you own life. Every now and then, it is important to take a step back, slow down, and to coin a phrase, “Smell the Roses.” I hope your Thanksgiving is a bouquet of Roses this year and that you have time to enjoy every second with your friends and families.

“Slow Down Therapy” ~ Author Unknown

  • Slow down; you’re not responsible for doing it all yourself—at least not right now.
  • Remember a happy, peaceful time in your past.  Rest there because each moment has richness that takes a lifetime to savor.
  • Set your own pace. When someone is pushing you, it’s OK to tell they’re pushing.
  • Take nothing for granted: watch water flow, the corn grow, the leaves blow, and your neighbor mow.
  • Taste your food.
  • Notice the sun and the moon as they rise and set. They are remarkable for their steady pattern of movement, not their speed.
  • When you talk with someone, don’t think about what you’ll say next. Take time to listen and your thoughts will spring up naturally.
  • Create a place in your home…at your work…in your heart…where you can go for quiet and recollection. You deserve it.
  • Allow yourself time to rest. Rest isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity.
  • Listen to the wind blow. It carries a message of yesterday and tomorrow and now. NOW counts.
  • It’s ok to rest on your laurels sometimes. They bring comfort whatever their size, age, or condition.
  • Talk slower. Talk less. Don’t talk. Communication isn’t measured by words.
  • Give yourself permission to be late sometimes. Life is for living, not scheduling.
  • Listen to the song of a bird; the complete song. Music and nature are gifts, but only if you are willing to receive them.
  • Take time just to think. Action is good and necessary, but it’s fruitful only if we muse, ponder, and mull.
  • Make time for play at the things you like to do. Whatever your age, your inner child needs re-creation.
  • Learn to stand back and let others take their turn as leaders. There will always be new opportunities for you to step out in front again.
  • Take time to read. Thoughtful reading is enriching reading.
  • Take a day off–alone. You can learn from hermits without becoming one.
  • Pet a furry friend. You will give and get the gift of now.
  • Work with your hands. It frees the mind.
  • Sit in the dark. It will teach you to see and hear, taste and smell.
  • Once in a while, turn down the lights, the volume, the throttle, and the invitations. Less really can be more.
  • Take a walk-but don’t go anywhere. If you walk just to get somewhere, you sacrifice the walking.
  • Count your friends. If you have one, you are lucky. If you have more, you are blessed. Bless them in return.
  • Count your blessings – one at a time and slowly.
  • Let go. Nothing is usually the hardest thing to do – but often it is the best.
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