Slowing Down to the Speed of Life

I recently had some minor surgery, and it forced me to slow down to a snail’s pace and stay home. At first, it was all a physical thing. Any kind of surgery completely knocks you down for a few days as your body rushes all the energy and blood to heal the trauma of a knife.

Once I began to feel better and was up and around, it became very difficult to just be still at home for another three days, unable to busy myself with home projects and work stuff.

It was a forced retreat of stillness where, suddenly, I had more space again to be mindful, present, and find that peace inside that feels so yummy.

I slowed down to the speed of life.

Bear, my golden retriever, has been loving the fact that I’ve been taking long walks in nature every day.

I see more when I slow it down on the inside. I am awake to all sorts of things when my mind isn’t busy with an agenda and an over stacked to do list.

I notice the season changing from winter. The daffodils are up. The trees are budding with the promise of spring, and their cherry blossoms adorning the branches are the jewels of that new growth. I hear the birds sing. There’s a variety of birds that are reveling in the first signs of awakening. Crows calling. Redtail hawks flying the skies.

And, I breathe more deeply. I take more pause.

I can be so addicted to the rush, realizing that my habit is to move faster, get more done, and speed through every day.

There’s plenty of time to play on the fast track, but it’s equally gratifying to live at a slower pace–a pace that offers opportunity to appreciate nature, to remember the meaning in having deeper conversations, and to afford myself the luxury of a softer experience for my senses.

Slowing down to the speed of life means deeply engaging in all aspects of my life.

Not doing so much allows for BE-ing more and feeling more gratitude and peace.

It’s been about two weeks now, and as I return to the busyness of my new normal, I will bring this deeper experience of being and presence back into my day as I live more awake–as I move along more mindfully.

When we get sick, have a headache, or go through surgery, we are forced to retreat and rest, but we don’t have to wait to get sick to practice rest or to retreat.

Slowing down to the speed of life is not necessarily about slowing down what you get done in a day.

It’s about offering yourself the inner stillness that comes from tuning in and engaging more deeply in your experience at hand–whatever it is you are DO-ing and feeling.

It’s in your breath and in your mind where you will find it easier to elongate moments, days, and weeks, in what otherwise feels like a spinning top that eventually stops and falls over from exhaustion.

When you can, take some time to just rest and BE in your life without an agenda. Allow your inspiration to flow and be slow.

Take a day, now and then, to just be and breathe and slow down to the speed of life.

Slowing down from the inside will help you live your most vibrant life.

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By | 2017-09-26T16:12:21+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Living The Big Stuff|12 Comments


  1. Trish March 3, 2016 at 6:51 am - Reply

    Having been diagnosed with 2(!) cancers withing 6 months, I was forced to slowdown while going through my chemo rounds. It was a lesson I learned well, I know now when I become sick, it is Gods way of saying “Slow down Trish”

    • Kristine Carlson March 3, 2016 at 6:52 am - Reply

      Yeah, it’s a heck of a way to get that call…much love to you, Trish–as you slow down and heal! Love, Kris

  2. Caroline D March 3, 2016 at 7:43 am - Reply

    Hope you get well soon Trish. Enjoyed your blog Kristine and the reminder to take life at a more humane pace.

    • Kristine Carlson March 3, 2016 at 7:46 am - Reply

      Thanks, Caroline…that’s a great way to describe it–“a humane pace.” xo Kris

  3. Korah Jacob March 3, 2016 at 11:05 am - Reply

    My prayers will be always for your good health and the ability to performs various activities.take care with a lot of love and great regards.

    • Kristine Carlson March 3, 2016 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      Lovely…I’m good now…all healed…no big deal! I got what I needed here! xo

  4. Marne Aragones March 3, 2016 at 11:57 am - Reply

    You nailed it Kristine! Thanks for the wonderful reminders.
    Two years ago, I had a brain surgery due to a hemmoragic stroke that had happened six months before it. And last year was the healing recovering time for me. What had happened to me really forced me to slow down both physically & mentally. Before that fateful event I was a “to do list” person and I was always seized the day. Life was so stressful & I was caught always with the busyness of life…
    Now, as a stroke survivor, being mindful has help me to achieve some of my daily tasks or goals or else I will just succumb to it’s common effects: getting overwhelm, emotionally unstable, mental blank or memory gaps or completely forget what I am supposed to be doing.

    • Kristine Carlson March 3, 2016 at 12:13 pm - Reply

      Blessings and love on the journey, Marne. You are courageous and thank you for sharing your insights and awareness and story with us. Love, Kris

  5. Toni March 3, 2016 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    Yup…………my friend, you are so right. I send you love and hugs and all the most wonderful thoughts possible. Joe Bailey wote a liitle book with this title years ago….I still have it and crack it open now and then. In these interesting times……..slowing down to the present moment is what will gt us out of the mess we’re in……..nobody can make sense out of nonsense….love you,.

    • Kristine Carlson March 3, 2016 at 5:04 pm - Reply

      Hey, Toni…Joe and Richard wrote that book together! It’s wonderful and shows the true essence of living awake to each moment of happiness. Big hug! Kris

  6. Cheryl March 6, 2016 at 12:19 am - Reply

    Funny how life works , I’m that doer that doesn’t even find enough time to sleep , go go go go
    But I also got into a car accident , totaled the car, not a scratch on me – I was protected by the Angels – I know that for sure : it was my knock to slow it down , and your right Kristine – many blessings come with the stillness of life , slow it down to hear the birds and be mindfully in the present – bless you dear , amazing truth xo

    • Kristine Carlson March 6, 2016 at 7:29 am - Reply

      Dear Cheryl…we all get our wake up calls. Sounds like you’ve received a life altering one! Thanks for sharing…so happy that you get to live a deeper and richer life now. Me, too! xo

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