Slowing Down: Nurturing Your Spirit for an Alkaline – and Raw Food – Lifestyle


slowing down nurturing your spirit
One of my favorite songs is a little ditty by Simon & Garfunkle called “The 59th Street Bridge Song” (also called Feelin’ Groovy.)  Have you ever seen the 59th street bridge in Manhattan?  Or any bridge in a major city during rush hour? If you have, then you know why they sing, “Slow down, you move too fast / you’ve got to make the morning last.” Everywhere you turn today, people are in a hurry. They rush to work, rush through work to make it go by faster, rush home, rush through dinner, and rush through their evening chores.

Nurturing your spirit is part of a healthier lifestyle. Studies have repeatedly demonstrated that people with spiritual connections seem to be able to bounce back from life’s setbacks more quickly, live longer and healthier lives. Please know that this does not mean that you must rush out to join a conventional religious tradition; spiritual connections may include connections to nature, a strong feeling of connectedness to a group or volunteer work, or some other means of nurturing your connections to other people and the living world around you. It may also include the things you do to connect to God as you understand him/her/it.

Slowing Down and the Spiritual Lifestyle

Slowing down in your daily activities helps you develop mindfulness, or what Eknath Easwaran, a professor who taught meditation called “one pointed attention.”  Easwaran taught that when we rush throughout our days, we end up neglecting relationships with people. Slowing down and focusing during our activities trains us for the most rigorous mindfulness or one pointed attention of all; paying close attention to our loved ones, family and friends when they speak to us.

Such one pointed attention is like a very special gift that only we can give to another person. When we listen intently to what someone else has to say without interrupting, we honor them with our silence. It is only by slowing down that we are able to achieve this, however. If we are rushing about our day, we will be in such a hurry we won’t want to slow down to listen.

Return to Childhood

Do you remember childhood fondly? Most people do, even if they had a rough childhood. One aspect of childhood that often eludes adults are the many moments of grace that appear throughout childhood, moments that imprint upon the consciousness. I have many such moments; a thunderstorm during summer, the smell of wet leaves, the feel of the raindrops as my sister and I ran outside to dance in the rain.  When we are children, we naturally have the gift of slowly down and living in the moment.  On that hot summer day, the thunderstorm rains felt blissfully cool, and my sister and I had no compunctions about racing outside in our shorts and t-shirts and dancing under the gray skies and pouring rains. It was like nature provided us with our personal cooling shower! We embraced the moment, raced outside, and got soaking wet.

As grownups we can’t race outside and get soaked if we’re sitting in an important meeting at work and a thunderstorm crops up. We can, however, pause and slow down, noticing our surroundings.  Notice the texture of the mug in your hand, the flavor of the herbal tea. Listen to the sounds of traffic outside your office window or a bird singing in the morning.

When we slow down, we naturally begin to connect more to the world around us. We feel less pressured and less stressful. It’s only a step or two away from connecting to our deeper selves, and nurturing that invincible spirit with.

These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration.  The preceding information and/or products are for educational purposes only and are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. Please consult your doctor before making any changes or before starting ANY exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using this information or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.

Written by:  Jeanne Grunert
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