Friday, June 05, 2009

Slow Life

I spent 3 days in Seattle with ‘ohana this week. (‘Ohana is family in Hawaiian – of blood or choice). Perhaps because we are in week 2 of our Gratitude Campaign, I was able to experience the joys of acknowledging others in a deeper way. I acknowledged them by allowing myself to be fully present, and I enjoyed every minute.

There is so much continually attempting to get our attention. Besides the various technological tools we have bombarding us with information, there are also ‘to do’ lists, errands, our families, friends, jobs, people and pets. How often do we really participate in life in a slow, conscious manner? Or allow others to do so?

At one point on the way home, I was traveling the speed limit, enjoying the beauty of the forest I-5 goes through. Cars whizzed past me, some drivers honking, some glaring at me for going “too slowly.” I wondered where they were whizzing off too, and spent some time making up stories about them. When I realized what I was doing, I laughed at how easy it is to get pulled out of the present and brought my attention back to what I was doing. Those people were none of my business. My business was to enjoy my drive home. And I did.

Awhile ago I heard of the Slow Food movement – where one uses fresh ingredients, makes things from scratch and enjoys their meals. I think we should start a Slow Life movement. Where we show up, pay attention, and truly experience each moment.

Join me?


Today I show up for my life with a new intention. My intention is to consciously experience all of it. As I do this, I am able to more easily remember and experience the Oneness of all Life. I honour every second of Life. I honour how Life shows up for me, whether It be in people, plants, animals or places.
I am ready to live a Slow Life.

I open my mind and heart to experience the things I have forgotten. I let go of my need to be plugged in to my computer, Ipod, TV or newpapers. I recognize these as wonderful technological tools, yet they are not the reason for my existence.

My existence is for the Glory of The Divine. To experience God knowing Itself in, through and as me. I am now consciously aware of all of my Now moments, and consider them a great gift. I honour the gift by paying attention.

God in me, as me, is an expression of my good, and my good is everywhere!

With a grateful heart, I release these words, knowing they are so, and so It is.