And I want to say, it’s not that I never go on walks, I go often. It’s not that I never slow down to enjoy them, I do. Something felt tangibly different about this one, and it is now in my current awareness, that I can go slower. I just organized a men’s purification lodge ( sweat lodge ) recently and Deer walker, a Native American man who was pouring water for the ceremony, noticed me and told me, “brother, we are in ceremony, walk as if you are swimming through water, there is no need to rush here.” At that point, I realized that although I had this recent break through with needing to slow down, it’s still a lesson I need to practice, daily.
So, my challenge to myself, and to you is this. Notice yourself, regularly. Can you go slower? If so, try it out, see how it feels. I will end this post with this song quote, it often feels true for me, and I am trying to release it.
“I’m in a hurry to get things done, oh I, rush and rush until life’s no fun. All I really gotta do is live and die and I’m in a hurry and don’t know why.”—Alabama