This culture of rush permeates us, so much so that in our everyday lives, we do not even notice that we rush from one thing to the other, one place to the next. This is why those of us who are new to meditation cannot stand sitting still. We want to get out of that moment right away. This is why our mind reacts violently when we are in a challenging yoga pose. We have our concept of time all distorted. That is our starting point.
Begin to include practices of slowing down. We can start small. We can start, say, by eating slowly. Before eating, we think of where our food came from, whether its origins were kind or violent, whether it helps sustain the environment or destroys it, whether it nourishes us or further starves us of nutrients. We can also practice yoga slowly. Instead of thinking of a particular pose as the goal, we befriend our body, we feel at home in it, we seek refuge in it.
At a time when rushing is the norm, taking things slow becomes rebellious. Conscious living becomes an act of defiance. Moving intentionally becomes radical. Break down this culture of rushing by patiently moving, and let us be kinder to ourselves and others in the process of cultivating this awareness.