Slowing Down Quick Tip

Did you ever notice that when you rush through eating your food it feels almost as if you can never get enough? Until all of a sudden when you realize you’ve eaten way past your comfort level and you feel like you’re going to explode.
I’ve realized recently that if I eat very slowly, the amount that I have, however much it is, is enough.

And if what is on my plate, in my bowl is more than I need, I don’t need to eat it all because I notice before I’ve gone past the point of no return.

IMG_0847-2Perhaps I had this insight today just because spring finally seems to be making its presence known, which brings with it an impulse for lightening up and improving health, getting ready for greater activity and better weather.

Whatever the reason, it just struck me today that this was something very simple, so simple as to be nearly invisible. But also important. So I wanted to share this with you all.

Whether we’re talking about how much food we consume or how much pressure we feel to get something done, know that you can pause. Know that you can take some time to see what is really true.

Is the pressure of the deadline real or self-created? Lots of time that feeling of being pushed along, that feeling of needing to rush, really comes from inside ourselves.

  So today, right now even, let’s pause together. 

Can you imagine what your life would be like if once an hour you took a moment to pause and assess how are you doing? 

How are you in relation to the things which are facing you? 

What kind of choices can you make that will be most beneficial for yourself and for others around you?  

Can you imagine what your life would be like if you gave yourself permission to not know all the answers, to just slow down and see how things are rather than having to pretend all the time that we have it all sorted out?

Funny fact:So many of us think everyone else has it all sorted out and that we are the only schmucks who don’t. 

Guess what?

Not true. No one really knows.

And guess what?

It’s ok. No need to know everything.

It’s enough to show up right here and now and do our best to be present, whole heartedly present.

We are enough as we are. Just this.

I wish for you all to be safe, happy, and strong. May you all live with ease. 



Author: Hillary Johnson

Improvisational documentary and fine art photographer.

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