Every day, I remind myself to slow down and breathe. I start taking a few deep breaths and then I promptly forget and go right back to being fast-paced Phil. It’s maddening! What’s even more disconcerting is that taking a long, deep breath feels foreign to me. That bothers me. A lot. I want to slow down my pace, slow down my rhythm, slow down my life and be fully present. I know how important it is to take in enough oxygen and to be, as Paramahansa Yogananda wrote, calmly active and actively calm.
Just a few years ago, I was living a calm, peaceful life. Then a gust of busyness blew me off course and I haven’t yet found my way back, even though I know that living a spiritual life is inconsistent with moving and thinking at warp speed.
I came across a quote in a magazine article that nailed it: “A wise man never rushes.” It makes perfect sense—when you rush, when your mind is racing, you lose focus and you no longer are in the moment. Acting slowly and deliberately allows you to keep your awareness high and stay attuned to the divine current.
The author of the article wrote that, the morning after he read this quote, he tested the theory by moving as slowly and deliberately as he could, focusing all his concentration on what he was doing at that moment. He was shocked at the result. Instead of rushing like a mad man to get out of the house and then furiously pedaling his bike to get to high school on time, sweaty and frenzied, he dressed, ate breakfast, enjoyed a leisurely ride to school and made it to his homeroom—in a peaceful state of mind—with time to spare. He was amazed. But today, years later, he still can’t figure out why he went right back to his frenetic routine the very next day as if that peaceful, leisurely morning had never happened.
I think I understand why. Even when presented with irrefutable evidence, it seems counterintuitive that you can save time by slowing down. It’s hard to wrap your mind around that. But it’s true. When I rush around to make sure I get someplace on time, my thoughts become scattered and I overlook important details, bump into furniture and knock things over. The net result? I lose time instead of saving it. But it’s so hard to slow down! Even when I know it will save time, preserve my peace of mind and allow me to get more done.
The solution is simple—but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. I need to train myself to take longer, slower breaths. I need to meditate more. And I need to once again trust that I have all the time in the world.
ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA
Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?
Anyone who is on a spiritual path, or wants to start one
Anyone who loves life, or wants to learn how to
Anyone who is happy, or wants to be happier
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Phil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
Reading this book is like spending a few minutes face to face with each of the contributors and listening to their personal stories. Click here to read unsolicited testimonials from readers. Learn more by visiting the official Sixty Seconds website.
Sixty Seconds was one of three finalists in the General Interest/How-To category at the 12th annual Visionary Awards presented by COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) in Denver on June 27, 2009.