Slowing down

‘There is more to life than increasing its speed.’ ~ Mahatma Gandhi

An old friend with whom I have now lost touch told me once, “Slowing down allows you to see things that you would otherwise miss – and helps you see the big picture.” I didn’t pay attention to his words then and was busy drifting through life at 100mph.

In any case, this uncontrollable speed made my life so action driven that it became mentally challenging for me to slow down from my hectic, fast-paced, fractured and hurried life. Rather, I was conditioned to think this is the way life should be!

One month ago, a short meditation course I attended changed my way of thinking in many ways…

Life as a whole is better if you go slowly, and take the time to savor it, appreciate every moment. That’s the simplest reason to slow down.

Life as a whole is better if you go slowly, and take the time to savour it, appreciate every moment. That’s the simplest reason to slow down.

I would like to quote what the Grand Master told me: “If our goal is to create, to produce amazing things, to go for quality over quantity, then rushing is not the most effective way to work. Slowing down and focusing is always more effective.

Rushing produces errors. It’s distracting to flit from one thing to the next, with our attention never on one thing long enough to give it any thought or create anything of worth. Hurrying produces too much noise to be able to find the quiet the mind needs for true creativity and profound thinking.

So yes, moving quickly will get more done. But it won’t get the right things done…. Life as a whole is better if you go slowly, and take the time to savor it, appreciate every moment. That’s the simplest reason to slow down.”

All the while, ‘slowing down’ was something I had associated ‘with dull and boring! So, I deliberated on it over and over again and before coming to a conclusion I’ve begun to notice that the concept of slowness has been subtly creeping into my life.

My desire to meditate and spend time in solitude or with very close circles insinuates that I have slowed down a little more. I’ve learned to acknowledge that a slower pace can make life a little more ‘meaningful’.

However, I must also confess, this slow down phase may be a fleeting one for me, as I have learnt that change is the only constant and I may get back on the fast track – my usual being, some time soon. But for now Slow makes me feel like there is more to do and live for a purpose!

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by HS Eswara on October 6, 2013 at 4:37 am

    My dear Sohini,
    It was that all time great story-teller Aesop who taught us when were young :”slow and steady wins the race.” It took my whole life to realize that truth. But I am glad you have been able to decode the maxim at a much younger age, and it should enable you to achive ‘quality’ and ‘meaning’ in all your creations. The paradox for people like you and me is that we live in time and space full of people running ‘rat race.’ We may be at a disadvantage, but surely we live a better life hopefully.
    Affectionately,
    HS Eswara

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    • Posted by Soho on October 7, 2013 at 4:42 am

      Thanks for your comments and you are absolutely right Sir. As children, we were always told: ”slow and steady wins the race,” but very few of us have actually followed the dictum. This is just an attempt – a thought – and penning down the thought was easier. I do not know how much I can master the ‘slowing down’ action in my day to day living and in the era of ‘rat race’!

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