Have you noticed that lately everything seems to be speeding up, including our lives. New releases of this and that used to happen every year, then every 6 months and now got reduced to maybe a month or two. People have to keep two jobs to survive, or they hang on to the one by working insane hours every day.
We run to work, run back from work to take the kids to their daily exercise, lessons or practices. Then we run back home to eat, maybe some other activity after that and then finally slump in front of the TV, computer or your favorite game. Isn’t it all crazy? I completely understand the need for financial security (even though it’s quite fragile) and peace of mind – but are we killing ourselves in the process?
Is it worth it to neglect our spiritual development and interests? Do you feel that your energy gets depleted as you go along during the week expecting to “rest” and “recharge” during the weekend? Well there is probably a reason for that. I’ve made a decision to “slow down the madness”, at least I’ll give it a try! How about you?
I found this great article, written by one of the spiritual teachers I had a privilege studying few years back – Carol Tuttle. She is considered to be an expert in the field of energy healing, chakras and how they get affected when we neglect our true being. This Carol Tuttle chakra analysis sounded perfect for this article and how to find more information on how to try and slow down…
Busy-ness depletes your chakras. You probably know this intuitively, but it’s really really hard to avoid it, in today’s hurry-up-and-do-more-stuff world. We are, for the most part, rushed, overwhelmed, tired, stressed and a little or a lot hopeless about the whole thing. We often feel trapped in a web of hurrying up to meet other people’s expectations.
Multi-tasking and sleep deprivation are the norm. How many people actually sit down to a nice leisurely dinner anymore, let alone breakfast? Not many. Food is taken on the run, on the go, and it’s just fuel, not an enjoyable experience.
Our faces are glued to little glowing rectangles, and because we miss out on what’s going on around us, we feel like we’re missing out on life (sadly, true!). So when we have a little free time, we try to squeeze in as much “living” as we can. Which, ironically, leads to even more stress because there’s just never enough time to do what we want.
If you’ve ever felt like you’re bouncing around like a hyper-caffeinated monkey, you’re not alone. It’s modern life – but you CAN get off the treadmill. You CAN release the frenetic pace and in the process, redefine your life and heal your chakras.
It’s hard to let go of doing. We think that nothing will get done, if we slow down. But the reality is, we will NEVER GET IT ALL DONE. Ever. There’s just no way. Even if you’re fast, diligent and extraordinarily motivated, and you tick off everything on your to-do list, there will be another to-do list waiting for you tomorrow.
That’s just the way it is. There will NEVER be a day when you can finally kick back and spend the rest of your days doing nothing.
And how boring would that be, right?
Smooth out your energy by being less busy
So first and foremost, LET GO of the need to get it all done.
Instead, focus on smoothing out your energy by being less busy. Instead of a raging river with whitewater and turbulence, aim for a steady flow. Second, try slowing down so that what you do get done, is something you will be proud of. Something you’ll feel good about putting your name on. Take your time and focus on excellence in every task you do; take your time and appreciate the moments that make up your day; take your time and be present.
It’s not easy to slow down and live at a more unhurried pace. To “stop and smell the roses.” We’re conditioned to move fast and get a lot done! I’m not saying slack off and do things more slowly than they need to be done; I’m saying, stop RUSHING. Rushing leads to mistakes. Mistakes lead to do-overs and time wasted – not to mention the stress of having to deal with consequences. So work at a pace that is efficient, but not rushed.
Third, prioritize. You don’t have to do all the stuff you’re doing on a daily basis – number one on my list is to get rid of the TV. I know that’s a drastic move for many, but how about cutting your TV time to one hour a day? That’s plenty of time to relax and decompress from the day, and it frees up lots of time to exercise, meditate, take a luxurious bath, get a massage, have a hobby, make love, read, work on a goal, clean the house… all the things that get pushed aside when we realize that three hours have been sucked away (permanently) with a “reality” show.
When you slow down, and when you prioritize your life, you’ll suddenly find that you feel more whole… calmer… happier.
Spend some time in Nature, whenever you can. Meditate. Do all the stuff you’ve been putting off, to boost your confidence and self-esteem. Think about your dreams – really THINK about them. Visualize, plan, write, actively work on them.
Your chakras will thank you!