Rushing rushing, always rushing. Working, doing, thinking, stressing, working, rushing, rushing.
The Technological Revolution of the 21st century has seen us morph into a society that is addicted to rushing. We make everything faster, including ourselves, because through our current global view, faster means better. But the stark reality of a ‘ready-made’ society is that we lack the patience to wait twenty minutes for a pot of rice to cook, let alone ten minutes to grab a greasy burger at the drive-thru.
We say that we ‘don’t have the time’, but that is just an excuse. We are the creators of our own realities, and we make time for things on our priority list. If we do not have time, it is because we have chosen not to have time. In order to regain our sanity, our self-worth, and our ability to construct things of quality, we must rearrange our priorities.
What We Are Really Doing When We Rush
When we race to complete a task at work or speed through traffic to grab the kids from school, we perpetuate the societal condition that we must always move faster in order to be worthy and in order to ‘make it’ in life.
Through our example, we teach our children that they too must do things quickly if they are to be accepted by society. Any child who is not walking, talking, or reading by a certain age is labeled ‘developmentally-challenged.’ It is time to stop forcing ourselves and our children into a mold that is cast out of insecurity.
By constantly moving at breakneck speed, we miss out on the small details in our lives that give us clues into our true nature. We also put enormous stress on our bodies and minds by trying to ‘keep up with it all’. This stress weakens our immune system and we become sick as a result. Then, when we are not able to do anything because we are sick, we stress even more because we fall even further behind.
Because we are in such a hurry to ‘get there’, we don’t realize that ‘there’ is already HERE, and the only way to take advantage of it is to surrender to the moment.
So, Why Are We Rushing In The First Place?
#1. Our societal conditioning.
#2. Our priorities.
#3. Our lack of time management and organizational skills.
These reasons are ALL within our power to change.
#1 – Our Societal Conditioning or ‘Global Belief System’.
Before the Technological Revolution, buildings and goods exemplified fine quality. Things took time to create, but the results were astonishing. Once the technology boom struck and people began competing in a global market, production went through the roof and quality went down the drain. Just look at a house that was built over a hundred years ago and compare it to the boxes that are thrown up today. Building something of quality takes time. We need to allow ourselves the time it takes to live up to our full potential as creators, not purely for artistic purposes, but for economic and environmental sustainability as well.
We can work to undo our societal conditioning by trusting in our natural rhythm, whether it be at work, at school, or at home. If we feel pressured to work faster by a boss, co-worker, or anyone else, we need to communicate with them from our place of truth. We must honestly state that in order to do our very best work, we will need a certain amount of time. The more we use our voice when we feel we are being pressured to do something in a way that will produce less-than quality results, the more we give permission for others to speak up as well. And the more we all speak up, the more the global belief will shift.
#2 – Our Priorities.
The second reason we rush through life is because of the priorities we set for ourselves. Our priorities are based on our values. What do we value most? When we look at how most people are living their lives, it appears that as a society we value stress, exhaustion, sickness, and depression over balance, health, and peace. The time to rewrite our values is now. We must sit down with pen and paper and write down the things that are most important to us. Take that physical reminder and post it on your fridge or somewhere you will see it often, and your schedule will begin to rearrange itself.
#3 – Time management and organization.
For some, these skills are innate, but for others they must be honed constantly. If we lack time management skills and find ourselves rushing out the door every single morning, we have already set the day’s vibration as rushing. Because we are constantly creating our realities with our offered vibration, we will attract back to us more circumstances in which we find ourselves rushing.
To develop our time management skills, we can use the ‘working backwards’ method to plan our day. Most of us already use this method, but many do it incorrectly. For example, if you know you have to be at work by 8am, and it takes you 20 minutes to drive there, most people think they should leave the house at 7:40am. However, we need to allow ourselves more time to account for things such as heavy traffic, increment weather, and a transition period.
Transitioning from different environments, such as from home to work or work to home, can produce a lot of stress as we adjust to the new environment and our role within that environment. It takes great energy to shift focus, so by allowing yourself five to ten extra minutes to slowly make that transition, you conjure a more relaxed vibration and set a peaceful tone for the day.
To become more organized, we can adopt a DIRA attitude. That is: Do It Right Away. If you run out of an ingredient in the kitchen, write it on your grocery list before doing anything else. If you get invited to a dinner party, write the details in your planner immediately. It is impossible to have a neat and tidy external environment if your internal environment is full of clutter and confusion. Before we can become adept at organizing our work space or house, we must first learn how to clean out our minds. Tips for how to do that can be found in the section below.
What Happens When We Hit The Brakes
When we slow down, life becomes more enjoyable. We become healthier, happier, more peaceful beings. We set good examples for our youth, and we help undo the false conditioning that breeds rushing in the first place.
One of the most beautiful gifts of slowing down and surrendering to the moment is we become expert detectives on our lives. We are able to notice synchronicities that we would otherwise overlook. When we connect the dots between those synchronicities, our True Destiny is revealed to us through the path of least resistance. When we surrender to the path of least resistance, we allow ourselves to be swept up by the stream of infinite Well-Being, and life becomes a joyous ride that unfolds moment by moment.
How To Slow The Reins
1. Deep breathing exercises. – We can change our vibrational output considerably by consciously slowing and deepening our breath. This is especially important to do when we become aware that we are stressed or rushing.
2. Grounding (planting our bare feet firmly into the ground). – This strengthens our connection to The Earth and allows her to pass us guidance and wisdom through the open energy channel of our feet. Spending as much time barefoot as possible is vitally important, even indoors, as this also allows us to have full range of our foot muscles, which are necessary to ground us in what we are doing. If you notice yourself rushing through a task at home, stop for a minute, take your socks off, spread your toes as wide as possible, then replant them, take a deep breath, and start again. This practice has helped me enormously to maintain my centredness in the moment.
3. Spend as much time in nature as possible. – When you need to be inside, bring as much of the outdoors in as you can. Open your windows and fill your house and work area with plants, flowers, pictures of beautiful landscapes, and essential oils. Instead of playing music while you clean or make dinner, listen to the birds chirping out the window. If you live in an urban area where nature’s voice is drowned out by industrial noises, throw on a sounds of nature playlist.
4. Take as much time away from social media, television, magazines, and city stimuli as possible. – Our societal conditioning of unworthiness grows stronger the more we give our attention to the media. In order to solve a problem, we have to remove ourselves from that problem so that we may come up with a solution.
5. Stillness – whether it is by reading, petting an animal, or looking at a beautiful view, we need to adopt more stillness into our lives to give rise to the power of our Intuition and this moment.
6. Meditation – still or active, whatever works best for you.
7. More quiet time – do not try to fill your whole day with noise, even if it is music or educational podcasts. We need as much quiet time as possible to be able to hear the answers that are whispered to us in the present moment.
8. Affirmations – When you find yourself struggling to remain centred in the moment, repeat the following affirmations to yourself:
“When I am grounded in this moment, my Intuition becomes activated and I receive valuable insights that carry me through my current situation to achieve my deepest desires.”
When I surrender to this moment, I surrender to the stream of Infinite Well-Being. In this gentle state of being carried along, I understand that life is always working out for me, and I am free to marvel at the beauty that surrounds me.
“When I allow myself to take my time with whatever it is that I am doing, I become so much more patient with myself, with others, and with life in general.”
By remaining focused in this moment, I align with the path of least resistance and allow my desires to flow to me with incredible speed and ease.
Be The Change
Change starts from within, and as my good pal Jordan Peterson says, “if you can’t even clean up your room, you can’t complain about anything going on in the world.” What he means is that the answers are not outside of ourselves. Every problem we face can be solved by turning inward, because that’s where infinity lies.
No one can rush us out of the state of peace that comes with being perfectly grounded in the present moment. The more we embody that peace by living by our own authentic pace, the more we grant others permission to do the same. It takes just one person to change the course of history, and we can all be that person right now.
What is infinitely important to remember, is that you, in all your Eternal Glory, are enough. You are worthy. Not because you got everything crossed off your to-do list, but because you are here on this Earth. Because that, my loves, is enough. And if you ever doubt that fact, please repeat this to yourself until you are reminded:
I am enough. I am more than enough. I am the Entirety of the Cosmos wrapped up in the most beautiful expression of God. This life is not a race, and I am not here to win or to get it done first. Life is an ecstatic dance, and my role is to experience every feeling and sensation that arises from every twist, turn, and dip along the way.
Until next time,
All my love,
Always and forever,