How often do you take time to be thoughtful and quiet?
To breathe and be in nature?
Do you start your day slowly, even when busy?
We like to spend our mornings gently waking - reading to each other, writing, sometimes singing, making breakfast and taking time to leisurely eat and digest our food before we begin our day.
We choose to live in the slow lane, from where we observe others rushing through their days, often stressed and with a need to fill every moment doing what they consider to be meaningful.
We feel no guilt in being lazy and happily sit around chatting instead of doing what we loosely planned to do. You may think it's procrastination, but we prefer to think of it as "going with the flow". There is more to life than filling your days with stuff, working hard, keeping up with your neighbours and it's not until you get off that treadmill that you can see for yourself just how great life can be.
Part of the process for us in slowing down was to write more, although it wasn't something we did intentionally, it just happened. We have both always enjoyed writing and have kept numerous notebooks full of all sorts of weird and wonderful lists, drawings, recipes and snippets of our family life.
At the moment, we have several notebooks on the go, all for different purposes...there are to-do lists, gratitude lists, quotes, books, films and music to remember. As well as plans, ideas, dreams and even short stories. It all gives us so much joy.
We realise that not everyone is into this kind of stuff, but we do know taking the time to write or by keeping a journal, makes a big difference to your life. From our experience here at Cotna, it seems a lot of the young volunteers are already into journaling and we love it!
A good place to start if you feel the need to slow down would be with Mind Cards...
Lili Sinclair-Williams is a Cognitive Hypnotherapist and NLP Master Practitioner.
We take notebooks with us wherever we go.
There is something so peaceful in writing your thoughts down and taking time to re-read them.
Click on this link if you would like to receive the Relaxation Download for free with your purchase of Mind Cards.
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Kay and Sime xx