Last night before my teen daughter went to bed, she and I were discussing a dilemna she was having in regards to something she had signed up for. It was taking a lot of mental space and causing her a bit of worry. We talked about the issue, what was good, what was hard and what was the greater good.
As she was ready to turn off the lights and hit the pillow I told her that she didn’t need to do anything at this moment in time except to ponder the issue, “Just sit in the feeling and the answer will come. The answer lies within and will come when you let yourself step away from the spiraling and pause in the feeling.”
I realized this was kind of the crux of it all and definitely the big idea behind Slow Family Living.
When we worry about everything from the small to the big -
- what to do, where to go, how to sign up, how much to sign up for, how to find connection, who to meet, where to live, etc. the answers lie within us. We just need pause long enough to figure out what direction to take, what decision to make.
And that is the idea behind slow. The slow is the pause. And the pause will bring you closer to what you want/need/love.
The answer lies within and will come when we give it the time and space to do so.