I took my dog for a walk through the local fields. I was walking at my normal pace then it occurred to me how fast that pace was (postmen walk quite fast). So with this realisation I started to walk really, really slow.
I absorbed all of my surroundings. My thoughts were at a low volume, and when they did get too much attention I soon turned my awareness to what was.
And what was?
- I could feel the wind against my face. It came in waves, sometimes weak, other times strong.
- There were little insects scuttling away from my feet.
- A plane was going over carrying a couple of hundred people.
- The knee-high crop was swaying in the breeze making a sound like soft whitenoise.
- I could hear cows in the distant fields.
- I watched a kestral hover, looking for its lunch.
I'm sure there were much more going on.
All the time I was aware of my breathing and every move I made.
I got my phone out and selected the stopwatch mode. The pace I was walking at was about one step every second.
It was nice.
As a society we rush too much. This causes stress which in turn causes illness (of course, there are other factors too).
But just try slowing down.
See how you feel.