Going Slower — Savoring More

Light on banyan trees in Kapiolani Park

Good Day, God!

I’m back on Oahu . . . really back . . . so while I have more thoughts on Maui . . .  they will have to wait. Right now I am delighted with a day that was filled right to the edges with good things.

Yes, God, it really should have had more margins. But, there was only just one little bit of rushing in it — when I had to get my mom to her shampoo treatment. But, that was just for a few minutes and then I slowed down again.

Yes, God, I went  S L O W L Y  through my day. You must be helping me, God, because I am beginning to value slow.

Crescent moon over the Central Union Spire

I was delighted to stumble upon this quote: “To read fast is as bad as to eat in a hurry.” That was said by Vilhelm Ekelund, a poet born in 1880. Ah, he had no real concept of how fast things would get! Yikes!

The speed thing was invisible to me until I actually began to slow down. Now I can see it — or rather feel it — longing to come in and wind me up tight. Longing to try and get me to squeeze more out of each moment. Addicted to Acceleration!

And, like most addictions, we can’t or won’t see them until we are in rehab. My “rehab” is Centering Prayer. I did a Saturday morning meeting and tonight I started a “commuter silent retreat” that will end tomorrow at 4:00 p.m.

I have come home to silence and I shall be in silence tomorrow. In Silence and in Slow. Yes, God, this retreat is best done while my wonderful husband Kit is visiting our daughters. I am looking forward to his return, God. Looking forward to going slower with him.

After all, Going Slow Expands us — giving us more time to Savor!

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3 comments on “Going Slower — Savoring More
  1. Hi there, You’ve done an excellent job. I will certainly digg it and personally recommend to my friends. I’m confident they’ll be benefited from this website.

  2. hmm I used the same word too, when I went for my first silent retreat. “Rehab.” It felt like I was in one, ‘cos in the silence, so many of my past addictions were showing up and not having any distractions to still the noise, but having to come face to face with it, and understanding the deeper roots of it… and the whole process of it… felt like a rehab. Hahs. But it was so, so good though. Felt so much free-er at the end of it. 🙂 – Mish

    • Hi Mish!
      Yea, it is amazing what comes up. And it takes a lot more energy to keep it hidden than it does to see it! So, yes! Freer and more energetic. Of course, it is painful to see myself as I am.

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