I introduced the slow down mantra a couple weeks ago as part of Mantra Made’s fall collection and have been silently repeating it, practicing it, & being humbled by it. I promised I’d report back to you, so here’s what’s happening:
I’m noticing things more- a broken light in my closet, a dirty carpet that needs to be vacuumed. Slowing down helps you be more attentive.
I’m learning that it’s totally, 100% ok to back out of a decision or say no to plans rooted in burden, stress, or obligation. Slowing down changes your decision making process to reflect your wellbeing.
I’m dropping the illusion that ‘something’s wrong if I stay home too much’ and instead realizing it’s joyful to do domestic activities. Slowing down soothes the anxiety of “I have to distract myself/ escape myself/ look outside.”
I’m laughing more at my road rage. The other day my mom was riding with me while I got irritated by the slow speed of the driver in front of us & growled “Arrrgh why are you going so SLOW?” I suddenly remembered the mantra I preach & mom couldn’t hold back her laughter at the irony of it. We both cracked up. Slowing down helps you have more of a sense of humor toward yourself.
I’m changing my perspective of ‘productive.’ The other day a conversation in my head went: “Ugh…arrrrgh. Why are you so lazy? You should be doing more, getting more done, going places, talking to people, doing things.” The truth? That day I had listened to 4 podcasts & applied to 2 jobs, added ruffles to the bottom of a dress, changed the sheets on my bed & re-made it, practiced alternate nostril breathing meditation, & cooked for myself. ALL while fighting off the flu. Then it hit me. I don’t need to do more, I need to stop & acknowledge what I’ve done. Slowing down shifts your perspective.
And finally, I’m being challenged to work more slowly on projects. I was so excited to sell a dress to a customer that I made it without doing research about armhole sizing. Turns out though it was an x-small like she asked, the armhole depth was too big. The lesson? Slow down & take exact measurements, embrace details & research. Don’t wing it! Slowing down helps you avoid mistakes & save time in the long run.
Visit mantramade.org to keep up with Mantra Made’s slow down series, where I share 50 tips for slowing down.
Want to go even MORE down the rabbit hole of slowing down? Listen to this recent NPR TED Radio Hour podcast on slowing down.