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Slow Down: Join the Stillness Revolution for More Peace and Joy

Slow Down

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

I recently treated myself to a retreat in the mountains, with the intention of pulling out of the busyness of every day life so that I could spend time healing and in reflective writing.

Setting off, I anticipated an easy drive as traffic looked light, but when I reached the mountain pass, I experienced something I had never experienced before:

I was completely blind to my surroundings.

In fact, I realized I had driven into the clouds themselves, engulfed by a pure white energy.

Not fog. Not mist. Just pure white.

For a moment, I was gripped by fear, as one of my recurring dreams involves me speeding around steep, curvy roads until I lose control and drive completely off the edge.

But I noticed the fearful energy quick enough to rein it back in and surrender to the beauty of what I was experiencing.

In order for me to surrender without fear of driving over the edge (or into another car), I had to slow down and become hyper present and aware.

Slow down. Be still.

Creeping along at two miles an hour, I quickly recognized the message the universe was sending me through my experience on that mountain pass that day, and it reignited a passion in me to share this message with you.

Our lives seem to travel at warp speeds these days, with our minds taking in and spewing out information faster than we can keep up with, and our bodies running ragged with the intention to get up early and stay up late in order to get it all done.

Everything around us screams, “Go, go, go” not “slow, slow, slow.” Modern society simply doesn’t promote this kind of “radical” behavior.

So it’s going to take rebels like you and me to fuel this stillness revolution.

Yes, I wrote “rebel” because you are going against the stream, and you are most certainly going to feel a little “different” in doing so.

Your own ego might even resist the very idea of a stillness revolution—rejecting it as being ridiculous, unreasonable, and completely insensible.

Here’s the response from my higher self to that ego doubt (and trust me, my ego is shouting it too).

What if creating a more peaceful and more joyful life means taking actions that seem a bit ridiculous, unreasonable, and insensible?

There is an exercise I use that might shift your perspective called “When I’m 92.”

You can read the below and then close your eyes to really practice the meditation or you can simply follow along now with your eyes open.

Take 3 conscious breaths to settle back into your body and into the now.

Imagine yourself lying in a bed in the hospital when you’re 92 years old.

You are surrounded by love—loving doctors and nurses and most of all, your loving family

You’ve lived an amazing life and you are filled with gratitude for all of the experiences you’ve had.

Your 32-year-old grand-daughter, a self-proclaimed “workaholic,” rushes in, apologizing for running late, and explaining she only has about 15 minutes to stay, as she really must get back to another meeting.

Your 92-year-old self smiles at her and radiates peace and love around her busy energy.

She sits down and takes your frail hand, softening and opening to receive.

The wisdom flows through you to her, as you say:

“My beautiful grandchild, if there is one piece of wisdom I can leave with you before my soul returns to the light, it’s this:

Slow down and be still.

Every single moment that you spend in a space of stillness will be worthwhile and make your life richer than you could have ever thought possible.”

Take a conscious breath—and now imagine you have become the 32-year-old granddaughter.

As that young and busy soul, receive the energy of these words and absorb the meaning into your very core.

Allow yourself this stillness as you’re in this meditative space right now to begin cultivating the practice of stillness in your every day life.

When your intuition tells you that the exercise is complete, send gratitude to your higher self and 92-year-old self, then bring yourself back to this conscious moment with another easy breath (and gently blink your eyes open if they were closed).

Take out your journal, or just a piece of paper if you don’t have a journaling practice, and free write how grounded and peaceful you felt during the above exercise.

Allow your intuition to guide you to choose one action you can take to support your own stillness revolution.

Perhaps, like me, you want to formally create the space for an extended period of slowing down and being still by scheduling a retreat in nature?

Or maybe you want to begin with a simpler practice such as writing the words “Slow Down and Be Still” on a post-it note and putting it up on your car dashboard so that it can remind you of this wisdom as you hustle to and fro?

The specific action isn’t as important as simply taking any action, so choose one and share in the comments below how you are going to slow down and play your part in the stillness revolution!

Photo by N I C O L A

About Sabrina Bolin

Sabrina Bolin is a compassionate guide whose mission in life is to be a vessel for love. She currently manifests that mission through MyMiBoSo, her coaching practice focused on bringing intuitive awareness to the mind and body in order to create joy in the soul.

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  • friend forever

    Wonderful meditative practice Sabrina!! I actually felt my energy radiating out as a 92 year old 🙂 It was wonderful!! I can feel in my own life how my Higher Self pleads with me to slow down but am too busy to listen to it and just ignore the message. Not the most wonderful thing to do, I know!

    I intend to be a part of the stillness revolution by weeding out unnecessary distractions throughout the day- like the cell phone, TV and internet. The hardest thing for me is giving up my computer time. But, I am gonna work on that.

    Also, it’s my intention to not give in to my egoistic thoughts and take it easy on myself and relax.

    Thanks Sabrina for sharing your message 🙂

  • Hey Sabrina! My contribution to the stillness revolution will be practicing mindfulness every morning as I wake up. Beautiful article by the way, thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Jens Hansen

    Thank you. What’s great practice!

  • I just want to start by saying thank you, thank you, thank you to Lori and to all of you here in the Tiny Buddha community for allowing me to share these words with you today – and more importantly for opening your heart to RECEIVE them!

    Sending my love to every soul who stops by here today :).

  • First off, I LOVE that your name is “friend forever” – what a beautiful message YOU are sharing with the world!

    And your intentions are absolutely beautiful…and I’d like to invite you to have compassion as you find that balance in your life.

    In this stillness revolution we don’t have to forgo all the amazing blessings technology has given us.

    But with consciousness we can create loving boundaries around the time and energy we devote to our time connected to technology and our time connected to nature and to the real human beings in our lives.

    It sounds like you’re already on a beautiful journey so far – and if you’d like any more support in continuing to distinguish that ego voice from your intuitive voice so that you can truly create your life, please don’t hesitate to email me as I’d be happy to offer you a complimentary discovery call and mini-session to support you along the way (you can find my email on the contact page of my site http://www.MyMiBoSo.com).

  • I love your contribution to the revolution Patrik! What does practicing mindfulness in the morning look like for you?

    For me, I roll out of bed and into my closet…yep, my closet. I have created a meditation nook in there and depending on what my intuition guides me to, I practice 10 minutes or so of guided meditation, breath awareness, or just talking to my Higher Self and guides :).

    Would love to hear about your morning ritual!

  • You’re welcome Jens – so happy you enjoyed it!

  • Juan

    tangina this!

  • Jose

    Yes! The article rocks!

  • Sounds like a great routine.

    I practice being mindful by first taking deep breaths as I wake up. Then I move on to noticing (without judging) the sounds around me before finally opening my eyes and paying attention to the light that enters the bedroom. Nothing special really, but I like it 🙂

  • friend forever

    Sabrina,

    I read what you wrote about creating loving boundaries a couple of times and what I found was that its more about the how of connecting than the connection itself. The benefit lies in how I use what technology has to offer and how and how much I take from it.

    Thanks for bringing that on! 🙂

    Also, thank you for the reminder to be compassionate. I do get a bit hard on myself sometimes. But, am softening more and more with my meditation practice 🙂

    Lots of love and good wishes your way 🙂
    Have an amazing day!

  • lv2terp

    Beautiful and inspiring, thank you for sharing your experience, and such a wonderful practice to get grounded and learn a valuable lesson! 🙂

  • My “friend forever” (I love saying that),

    You make such a great point about the HOW we connect…I understand this as, no matter the forum (face to face, on the phone, on Facebook), if we aren’t truly “present,” than the connection can never run very deep. And it’s easier to be less present and aware online than when we are sitting face to face with someone we love (speaking from my own experience at least!).

    You’re very welcome for the compassionate reminder – it’s at the core of my message, and I truly believe there can be no other way when love really is the only reality.

    Sending big love back to YOU and lots of energetic loving support on your awakened journey!

  • What a beautiful practice, Patrik! We often forget the power in the simplest of things, and I love your morning meditation all the more for its pure simplicity.

    As I’m winding down a month-long meditation intensive, this sounds like just what my soul is craving to ease into my day with :).

  • Thank you Juan and Jose – I do hope you mean tangina in the positive sense, but either way, I’m sending big love to YOU!

  • I am so happy that I could inspire today and share this simple practice! As I was saying to @patrikedblad:disqus below, sometimes the simplest of practices are indeed the most powerful (usually because they are the easiest for us to consistently embody!).