Hello and welcome to episode 11 of grounded in stillness.
We live in a world that is fast paced and we have become accustomed to receiving things instantly.
Due to this, jobs and life demands have also become faster and we end up juggling multiple things at once.
How nice would it be to slow down and go against the grain of how fast the world is.
Are you ready to take the opportunity to slow yourself down?
Find a comfortable position to relax in, be this sitting or laying the choice is yours.
Adjust your shoulders, adjust your hips. Softly close your eyes.
Become aware of your breath.
Breathe in and breathe out.
Allow your arms and legs to feel heavy, relax the muscles around your jaw, soften your eyelids and face muscles more.
Notice your chest gently rise and fall as you breathe.
Allow your breath to begin to slow, how slowly can you breathe in, and how slowly can you breathe out.
Enjoy the slowness of your breath, the rare opportunity to be un-rushed, to enjoy the slowness and gentleness of your breath.
Do you notice how the slowness of the breath encourages your body and mind to slow down for you.
How slowness connects you to the present moment.
Allow yourself to become lost in the gentle rhythm of your breath.
Breathe in and breathe out.
With each out breath allow yourself to fall deeper into relaxation.
Notice the stillness around and within your body.
You may even start to feel the stillness move into your mind.
Creating space, allowing you freedom from your thoughts.
Now imagine you are standing outside, barefoot on the grass.
Feel how each blade of grass touches the soles of your feet, how soft the grass feels.
The sun gently warming your skin.
You look down and observe how the grass falls around your feet.
Then you notice a small snail slowly crossing your path.
You notice how its body slowly moves with each blade of grass, lifting and lowering as he slowly moves.
You notice the sun gently shining on his shell.
You think how slowly the snail moves, when just maybe to the snail they are moving at top speed.
What if it is us that live in a world on fast forward, we have become so used to moving with speed that the snail seems slow to us.
You observe the snail, enjoy the rare opportunity to just watch as it gently moves across your path.
You begin to wonder, could I slow myself down to a snail’s pace?
Could I carry out a task today slowly and be aware of every second of that task.
Completely present, not half doing the task and half thinking of something else.
Instead be like the snail and take your time.
Embrace the slowness.
As you ponder on this thought, the snail slowly continues on its way.
Unaware of the impact its slowness has now had on you.
Enjoy breathing slowly, allowing your mind to slow, escape from the speed of the world.
You have all the time in the world to breathe right now.
Enjoy one more deep breath in and deep breath out.
Allow your breath to return to its natural rhythm.
Gently wiggle your fingers and toes, very slowly open your eyes.
Thank you for listening.