The beauty of slowing down

 

When you have experienced a very busy time, sometimes it can be hard to stop. Although you stop your activities the mind can still go on, wanting to plan, organise, prepare, anticipate future events, etc.

 

We like to compare this process with the slowing down of a ventilator after you have turned off the power. There is no electricity going into the fan but still it keeps moving for a while, until ultimately it stops. This can be quite uncomfortable, you want to slow down and rest, your mind just wants to go on. In a way it’s not strange, we live in a society where high productivity is rewarded and even expected of us.

 

Habit of 'being busy'

When we step out of the ‘habit’ of being busy we can be confronted with a lot of stuff that has been lingering beneath the surface, but we were too busy to attend to, our minds were too busy focusing on other things that needed to be done. In a way, being busy can really feel like a flow, especially when we are busy with something we are passionate about. But we are organic beings, moving along with the cycles of life, the ebb and flow of the oceans, the seasons, day and night, the waxing and waning of the moon.

 

Redirect your focus

Slowing down is also part of the flow of life. Slowing down can be crucial to touch base, to check in with yourself, to redirect your focus from doing to being. This doesn’t necessarily mean you now have to book a two week holiday in which you sit on the beach and do nothing, for each of us slowing down can mean something different. Like really taking the time to cook a great dinner, finally reading that book that has been lying on your nightstand for months, going for a long walk in nature, quality time with good friends, or indeed, just sit on the beach and do nothing. It’s in these moments of slowing down a new influx of creativity that can start to flow.

 

Daily Kundalini Yoga Practice

With a daily practice you have a chance each and every day to consciously slow down. You step out of the stream of daily activities and dedicate time to focus your mind on something totally different. You move the body, connect to the breath and as you meditate you can help your mind to slow down. Through your practice you can feel the life force energy flowing through you, you can feel this creative power that brings everything into being, in your own being.