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WINTER | 2017

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If you find slowing down difficult to do, don't worry. You're not alone. It takes some practice to slow down in this modern world. More and more, it's easy to forget that we're not doing something wrong if we do stop. There's always email to answer, errands to run, Netflix to watch. We are surrounded by communication, information, and entertainment at all times. It can feel like a barrage. Even if our body can slow down, getting our brain to follow suit is an entirely different matter. Remembering a Slower Time A Seasonal Soak Goes a Long Way Toward Getting You There By Shel Pink 12 Body Sense NOT HOW WE WERE MADE To avoid getting swept up in this fixation on busy-ness, it's important to remind ourselves that this is not how we were made. It's not how we were meant to live. Think about how the world worked at pretty much any point in history up until a little over 100 years ago. Since there were no alarm clocks, you would wake up with the sun and perhaps some animals as your cue. Breakfast—and all your nourishment, for that matter—would consist of whatever was seasonal and available. "Work" likely blended in with life in general, and involved tasks around the home and your land. It's likely that at least some of this work was outdoors, so that you could soak up sunshine and fresh air as you completed your tasks. You moved from one undertaking to another, one at a time. There was no multitasking or incessant stops and starts due to rings and vibrations and pings coming from the phone in your pocket. In fact, I'm willing to bet that work was actually quite meditative because it was uninterrupted. Your workday typically ended with the setting sun. You would perhaps spend some time with your loved ones by the light of a fire and some candles. Your entertainment for the evening was one another. Before long, after a day of working and without artificial light, it was time for a solid night's rest until morning light came around again.

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