We must repeatedly remind ourselves to pause, to slow down for as much aliveness as we can muster. By doing so, we reach an accord directly with time and obliquely with death. Otherwise, days run into each other without the distinction of our having paid attention, and we have the sense of hurtling swiftly toward the ending.
At the age of seventy-one, a woman contrasted the frenetic pace of her younger years with the serenity of her current life: “I was so scattered. I was running around all the time, barely keeping up. Now I can meditate. I am grounded. I can undertake something and stick with it. There’s really no comparison.”
By refusing the insistence of haste, we expand the hours in front of us. By reveling in what has been seen and heard and felt, we may find that time finally attains a pace that feels like living.
Excerpted from the article:
Slow Down! Beat Time by Slowing Down
by Wendy Lustbader, MSW.
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