This is not always easy to do in a world that moves in fast-forward. Getting my daughter ready for school, me ready for work, and a resistant seventy pound dog into a kennel can leave me a little frazzled. And I am noticing it disrupts my daughter's energy as well, leaving her both more hyper and more defiant.
But it doesn't have to go this way. It is a choice that is mostly on me. I have been choosing to stay in bed because I am tired despite being awake earlier with monkey mind. I have been choosing to let my daughter sleep in, knowing this means I will have to rush her through breakfast. And I have been choosing to not make the time in the morning to meditate but rather waiting until afternoon when most of the day has already been rushed.
Yet happiness hides in slow motion. Rushing through the day means rushing right passed and right through all the things that bring me simple joys. Rushing breakfast means not getting to hear my daughter's thoughts and interpretations of what is happening in her world. Rushing out the door means less snuggles and more resistance and anxiety. So today I choose happiness. Today I choose slow motion.
I did not want to wake at 4:30 this morning, but my mind was off to the races. Rather than fight it and try to sleep I got up and did a long guided meditation. Rather than stress when my blog editor wouldn't load, I took the time to rest my eyes and picture how this morning would go, in slow motion. Rather than let my daughter sleep in just to rush her through the morning I will wake her with cuddles. And with breakfast already made, there will be plenty of time for being in the moment with her.
I'm grateful to recognize how my choices were misaligned with what I want. I'm grateful to start bringing them back to what's important. I'm grateful to consciously choose to slow things down. I'm grateful to know myself, my triggers, and my best tools for balancing these challenges. I'm grateful for guided meditations that give me something to focus on when my mind is off to the races. I'm grateful for weighted blankets that help me ground and calm my energy. I'm grateful to recognize how my energy affects my daughter's and see her own resistance to living in fast-forward. I'm grateful to give us both the gift of slowing down. And I'm grateful to find easy solutions to accomplish this. I'm grateful to see happiness is already peeking through as I choose to take my time.
What areas of your life need to be slowed down? What simple techniques do you use to increase happiness?
May today remind us life isn't a race. May we take a breath and take a step toward living a happy life in slow motion. Have a beautiful day!