Tuesday, December 10, 2013

It's Time to Put the Brakes On

Photos via Pinterest.

There is more to life than increasing its speed.
- Gandhi

I’m feeling pulled in all directions this week. Lots going on. Lots of people reaching out. Lots of new possibilities.

At this time of year, it’s easy for me to over-commit. I think I may have wandered into that territory already.

Thankfully, I have my yoga practice. On my mat, I return to center. I re-align with what is most important. I check in with myself.

Where am I physically, mentally, emotionally? What do I need? What have I been neglecting?

It is important to rest in stillness, but so often I make excuses not to slow down. I’ll rest after I check the next thing off my list…

This week my intention is to slow down and to be gentle with myself. I choose to actively cultivate self-awareness, to practice good self-care, and to release what no longer serves me.

PS I recently discovered this Guide to Cutting Back When You Feel Overwhelmed from Leo at Zen Habits. It has some really helpful tips about how to go about cutting down your to-do list, and generally lowering stress by being realistic about your commitments!

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