“The great benefit of slowing down is reclaiming the time and tranquility to make meaningful connections-with people, with culture, with work, with nature, with our own bodies and minds”- Carl Honore
The coronavirus pandemic forced us all to slow down and some of us chose to re-assess our life. Many worry we will return to our old ways of being. I believe those who are awakened, have come too far to do that. Our consciousness has changed and we will continue to change. There is no going back to the old ways for many of us.
Our life has become more deliberate in an effort to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19. We are asked to be more mindful around others by keeping space and wearing a mask. Many people’s work has slowed down.
At this time, I am not teaching at senior centers, having booths at health fairs or expos, and I have not had in person writing, counseling or angel card reading sessions. I have been writing a book and a new training for psychotherapists, while offering phone and video calls. The other part of my time is spent organizing my home, meditating, reading, praying and walking.
Slowing down does not have to be negative. Life is our perception of it. Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? Slow and steady wins the race. If you choose to be open to the lessons, you can benefit from a slower pace of life.
- Learning Patience– You can survive without instant gratification. We have experienced event cancellations this year and even delays in obtaining supplies, such as toilet paper, disinfectant and masks. When you are patient, you see there is enough for us all. Some people have become quite creative; making their own toilet paper, liquid sanitizers and cloth masks. You can learn to tolerate delays, without getting angry or upset. Healing takes time, whether it is within ourselves, others, or your world.
- Acceptance– Patience and acceptance go hand in hand. Acceptance is the willingness to tolerate a difficult situation. Everything in this world is impermanent. Even the most challenging of situations, changes. When you have the wisdom to know the difference between what you can and cannot change, you find peace.
- Building Resiliency– Having more alone time can build character. You learn you can handle more than you thought you could. If you can survive this tough situation, you can survive anything.
- Appreciating What and Who are Essential– Many of us have downsized our life and will continue to do so. You learn what you value most; whether it is stuff in your house, the people you associate with or your family. Your relationship to yourself, others and your things improves.
- Exercising All Aspects of Yourself- You have the time to move not only your body, but also your mind and spirit. You can choose to walk, read, pray or meditate. While, others have been called to use their voice in peaceful protests.
Lisa Hutchison LMHC is a licensed psychotherapist and writing coach who helps sensitive souls not just survive but shine. She is the Amazon bestselling author of I Fill My Cup: A Journal for Compassionate Helpers and the kindle book Setting Ethical Limits for Caring & Competent Professionals. Get a FREE 10 page E-book; 8 Simple Things That Release Chaos from Your Life Now at http://www.lisahutchison.net