I watched the movie Way of the Peaceful Warrior based on Dan Millman’s book awhile back. One of the scenes that sticks with me is the scene where our hero is sitting down to dinner with his mentor. They are served sushi. The hero immediately digs in and starts eating quickly. After he tosses back about the third piece of sushi he looks up at his mentor, who sits savoring the first piece, watching the hero eat food without even noticing what is in his mouth. The mentor, on the other hand, sits looking at the beauty of the plate and slowly savors each small piece.
I am reminded of this scene today as I sat there washing dishes. I was doing it quickly to get it over with. It occurred to me that many of us live our lives like the hero ate. We rush through everything without ever really stopping to taste what it is we are doing. We rush to get up so we can rush to sit in traffic so that we can get to work where we rush through tasks that we don’t really like so we can spend a few moments at lunch, which is often rushed so we can get back to work. Then we rush home to rush through dinner so we can rush through chores to get to bed so we can repeat the process the next day.
Do we ever slow down? No wonder we are so often fatigued. Arguably a better diet will help with the fatigue. Arguably proper health will allow us to do more. However, if we never slow down, how can we do anything more? What is the point if we are just rushing through it and not noticing what we do.
Take a moment to breathe in deeply and really feel your body. Try doing that several times each day as you rush from chore to chore. Consider ways to treat yourself so that you can enjoy something for a short period of time–even if it’s only your favorite latte in the morning. Find something that allows you to slow down and really be in your life instead of rushing through it.