Today I decided to do something I usually never do and s l o w. d o w n.
Isn’t it so hard living in the United States (especially the Northeast) to slow down and take life as it comes? I find it difficult; I am so future oriented and have a really hard time saying in the present. After yesterday’s rushing around, today’s slow down was really necessary.
I woke up slow, which for me meant that when I woke to my family getting ready at 5:30, I resisted the urge to get out of bed until the wonderful hour of 7:30. I stayed in my room for the first hour I was up, at first checking my email, but then settling into my meditation practice. Meditation is such a great way to slow down and just be. I came out of it relaxed and realizing that I didn’t need to put so many shoulds or obligations on my day. I was going to what I wanted and needed in my own time.
I came downstairs and mindfully made my favorite batch of oats:
After the oats and a bit of soup research, I settled in to get some reading done. When I finished my reading (note I didn’t give myself a strict time frame) I went to the store to get some ingredients for my first solo crockpot soup!
Millet Stew (adapted from FatFreeVegan)
1 cup millet (soaked for 1 hour or more)
6 cups water
1 small onion, chopped (I may have used less, I don’t really care for them)
2 large sweet potatoes, chunked
3 carrots, chunked
1 1/2 cups celery with leaves, chunked
1/2 lb mushrooms, chopped
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon thyme
Directions: Start by measuring out your millet and putting in a pan to soak (thanks to Lindsay, I’ve learned this really helps with digestion).
When I came home from this walk I felt so alive and rejuvenated! I really believe that meditation and putting my grad program first are really beginning to change me and the way I view the world around me. I am becoming a little more at peace with life and letting go of much of the stress that had been weighing me down. I think it was why tonight, when my gut said to take a night off from class and stay home, I let myself have that. I was able to prioritize the work I needed to get done at home over one single class that I would not attend. In the big scheme of life, it is just one day and it will all work out just fine.
I also got to enjoy this dinner from the warm comfort of my own home, with my mom:
Question: How do you make time to slow down in your life? What is your release?
Hopefully you found a little time in your day to slow down, too 🙂 Have a great night everyone, do something just for you!
lots of love,