Holiday parties, eating, shopping, travel, visitors, end of year work are a few of the activities we participate in.
We socialize while holding our drink and food, really not tasting anything or hearing what is being said. The stores are busy, with decorations adorning the windows, walls and ceilings, yet we rush right by them.
These are mostly positive experiences, yet we end up stressed and tired.
Slowing down does not mean not going shopping or to parties. What it means is that while you are participating, be present.
- When at a party before biting into your food take a moment to look at the color and texture, smell the aroma, and then take one bite and savor it. You will probably eat less!
- While shopping, take a moment to stand still and look at the decorations, colors and designs. Take it all in before going on with your shopping.
Let me know in the comments below how this worked. Were you able to stop for a few moments and be present? If not, what do you think got in your way?