Sunday, September 2, 2012

Slowing Down

 For me, slowing down has been a tremendous source of creativity. It has allowed me to open up -- to know that there's life under the earth and that I have to let it come through me in a new way. Creativity exists in the present moment. 
Natalie Goldberg

Why is it the moment you discuss slowing down with other people, they see it a weakness or restriction of life?

I was at a birthday party yesterday for a a friend's baby girl who turned one. There was a wide range of ages there, so it created some interesting discussions. One of the discussions was not having enough time. When my turn came to contribute, I presented the point of view that being forced to slow down has enriched my life and changed it for the better. That it has taught me balance. What made my point of view not so popular was that I've come to believe we can make the choice. Most of the people there had been brainwashed by our societal point of view that busy is what makes us better, more interesting etc.

Busy has it's place, but slowing down and taking in the details, enriches life and relationships. The photo above was taken because I had slowed down and was paying attention to the changing of the light and the details of the bench where I was sitting.....:Look at Ansel Adams, Edward Weston's, Ruth Bernhard's work among others...They all learned the lesson....When you see and experience what is in your present moment,the subject often becomes wonderful becomes no matter how mundane.

Today's gratitude goes to the gurus of slow that I keep encountering. They are teaching me to see and experience in new ways everyday.

Anthony Green, "Slowing Down (Long Time Coming) Remix":

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