Anxiety and I are old friends, it likes to come and visit me every once in a while. Even though feeling anxious is familiar to me, I am baffled by my need to worry each time. It’s panicky nature is smothering and I wish I knew the secrets to mastering it and banishing it from life for good.
It’s been a while since I have posted and that is partly because I have been busy putting together The Slow Living Retreat. The free book is designed to help you slow down and reconnect back to yourself. It’s launching next week, so there is still time to join in and sign up to get your free copy.
I am often asked about how we manage to live slowly. It seems as though people think there is some sort of mystery to it. However, I believe anyone can benefit from some slow living. As a lifestyle it can conjure up images of retreating to the country and growing your own vegetables, but in reality it doesn’t need to include either of those things. Of course it is possible to live slowly in a busy city. No matter who you are and what your life is currently like, I am sure that by slowing down and becoming aware of those wholehearted moments in your day, you will improve your wellbeing and bring more happiness into your life.
It seems a little ironic for me to be writing this blog post, as over the last few weeks I haven’t taken much time to myself at all. Like most people I guess, when I am busy, the ‘me time’ is the first thing to go.
With the Easter school holidays, and our kitchen renovation (more coming on that soon), resting has been pretty sparse too.
Rest is of course, fundamental to our well-being, and everyone has their own way of unwinding and relaxing. Perhaps the idea of ‘me time’ for some folk sounds awful. The concept that we all need some time to ourselves to slow down and reconnect makes sense though, doesn’t it?
When I make it onto my yoga mat, it’s an opportunity for me to connect to myself. Firstly through, my breath… with every inhale, and exhale I feel myself arrive… my body, mind and spirit join together. Sometimes it can be the first time that day, that I am truly present in the moment.
Recently my body has been feeling pretty tired, so naturally I have wanted to do a gentle practice; a few postures, and a bit of stretching to get my body moving and work out any creases. A lot of pranayama (breath work) and always a little mediation and relaxation at the end.
The deeper I find myself in this weird and wonderful creative online world the more it seems clear that we are all striving for the same things. Even if the core of what we do is different, we all hope to be successful and happy – seems pretty simple right?
To me, and I’m sure I’m not alone, happiness and success have always felt inextricably linked.
The tricky thing about success is that it can be a little elusive and can always feel just out of reach. How do we make sure we find some contentment along the way and enjoy each little part of the process? When do we let ourselves have a ‘top of the mountain’ moment? When do we ever really feel like we’ve ‘made it’?