• Corrine Banks

The Art of Slowing Down in a Busy World

     Any one who really knows me is probably wondering why I would be writing on this topic when I seem to always be moving and at lightning speed.  And they would be right to question.  I used to literally run from point A to point B because it was faster than walking.  Female Forrest Gump.  My mind has never fared much better as a chill zone.  This is how I am wired.  Needless to say, the process of slowing down is an ongoing one for me.  Still, I have come a long way.  I have learned a few methods that help to navigate this fast paced world in a more gentle stop-and-smell-the-roses kind of way.  

Breathe damn it

Breathing is simple and automatic.  We wouldn't be alive without it so there is no need to give it any more thought right?  If you want the easiest and fastest way to ease stress and anxiety, improve digestion, posture, inflammation, energy, blood flow, your lymphatic system, and relaxation of both mind and body... look no further than focusing on deep breathing.  It doesn't need to be super complicated either.  There are numerous ways to breath for mediation with all the aforementioned benefits.  It can be as simple as drawing your breath in as deeply as you can, hold for a moment and try to breath out even deeper.  Go ahead, try a few and see how you feel.  Staying with that breath for longer than a minute and aiming to keep your mind on that breath and you start to feel as if the world is slowing down even if nothing has changed other than your mind and breath.  Tried it but feel like you're riding the struggle bus the whole time?  It is simple but can be very challenging at the same time I know.  Here is a breathing meditation guide that will help.  Or check out one of the many meditation apps available on your phone.

Let it go

Holding on to feelings like anger, resentment, and regret are extremely toxic.  We are each in charge of our own feelings.  No one can make you feel a certain way.  It is ultimately a choice even though it may not always seem to be.  Even if it takes a lot of work and time to let the bullcrap go, it is so worth it when you can.  Forgiving someone that you know was in the wrong is difficult.  If you can not find the forgiveness somewhere within yourself you allow them to hurt you even more over and over again.  There were people in my life whom it has literally taken me years of praying for help in forgiving them because I knew I didn't have it in myself to do so on my own.  At times thinking I finally let go only to have those horrible feelings arise again.  But when release