Stop. Listen. Observe. These three simple techniques either used singularly or together can be a great way to get more in touch with yourself and your world around you. I’ve used them successfully for years.
Stop. We live in a faced paced and hectic environment. Always rushing from one activity to the next and taking very little time to stop and notice what is around us. Stopping means to literally stop what you are doing and sit still for a few moments. Take a few deep breaths. Let yourself come down from the high created by frantic, nonstop activity.
Most of us do not take time for ourselves. We continually push forward, relentlessly going at break neck speeds until we are exhausted, sick or just simply numb. When we stop and allow ourselves to slow down we can regenerate our bodies, our emotional state, our minds and ultimately increase our spiritual connection.
The first time you use this technique could possibly cause distressing feelings. When we are used to constantly moving and suddenly we stop, inertia kicks in and tries to keep us moving. Our minds work on overtime. We feel like we are missing something. We feel like we should be doing something, anything. We feel like we are wasting time. We feel disoriented. We are momentarily confused until we get used to the new pace.
Stopping is so vital to our well-being. When we stop and simply relax into the moment we re-charge our batteries. We gain increased perspective and get a hint that there may be more to life than we previously guessed.
Make stopping a regular part of your day. You can stop for as many times as you need. In fact, the more times you stop the better. It only takes a few minutes at a time. You’ll be surprised at how easy this gets as you practice; just like anything else.