55+ Living Guide Winter 2018 Winter 2018 55+ issue for Joomag - Page 50

The Vine Slowing Down By Frank Buck From the moment we are born, we are thrust into motion and we continue in motion until an external force acts upon us. There are road bumps and pitfalls in life. For many of us, we continue on after such events with little thought of slowing down or changing our trajectory. Life only happens once and the life you lead is up to you. It’s never too late to slow down, figure out where you want to go and become a better version of yourself. Many of us are constantly moving onto the next thing that we believe we absolutely must do. We are the author of our own insanity at times. At 69 years young this personally rang true when it was recently brought to my attention that I was this person; constantly in movement, always working on the next project or thing I felt had to be done. It forced me to look inward and realign what is truly important to me. When you’re always in motion you never give yourself the valuable time to recharge. So how do we slow down, simplify our life and enjoy it more? The first thing I chose to do is to get up a little earlier, allowing myself the time to have a leisurely breakfast. Haven’t I earned this at my age? Say out loud three things that you are thankful for. Begin each day with a calmness, meditation or simply breathing that will remain with you for the rest of the day. Try and limit your media intake by one hour a day. Turn off the TV and grab a book. There’s more to life than increasing its speed. If you are still working, don’t let it consume you, don’t bring it home with you. Don’t turn to the home computer, check your phone, Facebook or Twitter. Focus on family or loved ones. They need our love and support and help us shape memories. Meal time should be sacred. Try a new recipe. Avid cooks have long recognized the therapy in the power of kitchen time. Gandhi The joy comes in the preparation and the eating. There is therapy in slicing and dicing vegetables for dinner. The cutting It’s the age-old question, do we want to work for things board quiets the mind and soothes the soul, it’s a we don’t really need or work for a personal experience. form of meditation. Take your time, it’s not a race. If we become a slave to our possessions, then perhaps the Eat your meal slowly, savor each bite. dream of skinny dipping in the French Riviera or hiking an ancient Mayan ruin, will never be. Most of the time Meditate to a healthier you, not medicate. Start single it will be others who tell you to slow down and smell the tasking, not multi-tasking. In the words of Gandhi, roses. We can easily become self-absorbed, moving like “There’s more to life than increasing its speed” robots through a web of activities, depriving us of time to nourish our souls and cultivate spiritual growth. 50