In this modern life a lot of people are always busy and often in a hurry. We’ve created a society where a lot of things seem important and urgent. People want to keep up with everything.
When you speed up and you want to get as much done as you possibly can, rushing and hurrying along with everybody else, you will always feel like you’re running behind schedule, always running late and running out of time.
You’ve then put yourself at the mercy of endless productivity. Surrendered to the demon of urgency and getting more things done.
On the other hand, when you slow down (act and talk slower) you will see the world transform before you. Life will slow down with you.
It seems paradoxical, but when you speed up, time speeds up. When you slow down, time slows down.
“When you speed up, time speeds up. When you slow down, time slows down.” – Tweet this
When you slow down, you will influence the people in your invironment. You will see that they will slowly start to change as well. Some people won’t be affected by it and that’s okay. Maybe they will learn in time. You will be in your slow zone where time is on your hand, unlimited and flowing freely.
The same principle applies to talking faster and louder. It will make you feel rushed and tense.
When you’re in the company of fast talking people, try to talk deliberately slower and pause.
Hopefully they pick up the sign. If they don’t, you might feel the urge rising to also talk fast and keep up with their pace. Don’t give in to this urge. Stay with yourself and eventually you will feel a calmness come over you. You will feel liberated. Liberated from the outside world of speed, stress and anxiety.
When you talk and act slower you have the ability to observe your surroundings. You can see the people in your environment from a distance.
This way you can think more clearly. You can remain peaceful without losing yourself in the circus of modern life.
The act of driving slow is also a real pleasure. What do you gain by driving faster anyway?
You will be easily irritated by other people in traffic. You will feel hurried, the need to speed up and overtake other vehicles the entire time because your mind isn’t here but at your destination.
It so useless because you won’t drive much faster than the person in the car next to you. He or she will catch up on you at the next traffic light or when you get stuck behind a slow truck. And what will you gain? A few minutes? Is that worth all the frustration?
What can you experience instead?
When you drive slow you will feel more in control, more relaxed, more conscious and fully aware of your surroundings. Above all you’ll be happy you aren’t part of that crazy speed contest that will lead to nothing but more accidents. You will be the calm observer behind the wheel enjoying the ride, the view and a great tune on the radio.
Let’s summarize some of the benefits of acting slow:
Slowing down will make your more aware of your surroundings and really see where you are and what is there. You will be more mindful and experience increasing moments of peace and bliss. You will inspire others and influence your environment with your calmness. You will think more clearly and act accordingly.
Slowing down will deliver you all the time in the world. When you don’t feel the illusionary need to keep up with every one else you will be swimming in time, worryless and free.
That is true happiness.
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