Nowadays the fast-paced global business world, focused on immediate results, “contrasts greatly with the slow movements recommended by martial art experts. They, on the other hand, concentrate, prepare, repeat hundreds time in order to master the movement and clean the details. At the end, this preparation give them confidence to strike in the best moment. And yet they are ready all the time. Not for a single moment, for a week or a day. But for whole life”
He relates the following story:
The first time I enter a dojo , one of the practitioners prepared his belt very slowly. Apparently he was very experienced based on his belt color. The first week, I didn’t ask anything, either the second or third. After a month I said, "Why do you prepare your kimono and belt so slowly" To which he replied, "I need to prepare my mind for the next physical training. If my mind is not ready I'll not be able to give my best. Be like calm water which reflects the Moon. If the water is not calm you will not see the clear image. All your decision will be totally wrong."
He continue to talk about a movements in Asia related to zen, which “establishes that people should live and work slowly, with enough time to taste their life, spend time with the family, friends, without rushing.
I love this idea. It’s a matter of slowing down to enjoy life, of savoring life’s simple pleasures, of rejecting on some level the materialistic culture we are all caught up in and embracing fellow humans instead. It is about considering our values and priorities. Try to isolate yourself from the outside world and see which is more important for you: One day with your family or one day at work? What makes you happy: to be happy parent or successful worker? Do the new trendy phone can make you happier or the face of smiling person?
He goes on:
This calm mindset doesn’t represent doing less or having a lower productivity. It means working better and doing things with finest quality, greater productivity, with attention to detail and less stress, but more focus). It means reevaluating family needs, friends, free and leisure time. Living in the "now", present and concrete, versus the "promising future", undefined and unreachable. It means taking humans’ essential values, the simplicity of living.
Many of us are always on the run, but we lose ourselves. Only feeling it when we can stand in front of a mirror after the years past. With successful carrier but with many health problems, forgotten by friends and extra weight. The time goes equally for all of us throughout the world. No one has more or less. The difference lies in how each one of us deals with our time. We need to live each moment.
Some slowing down tips:
- Have a cup of coffee and stare out in the distance. Sit down and clean up your mind. Don't think for anything. Just relax.
- Spend some quality time in the spa center.
- A massage
- Calm afternoon in the bed with nice book.
- Listen beautiful music with glass of wine. Drink slowly.
See previous days:
WW60 Day 10
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WW60 Day 12
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