Monday, August 13, 2012

Slowing Down and Being Present: Deandra Christianson, Intern

Slowing Down and Being Present
By: Deandra Christianson

Lately, I have noticed, more than usual, the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. Everyone is in a hurry, has somewhere to be, a cell phone attached to one hand, and coffee in the other. People are honking if the person in front of them doesn’t move his or her foot from the break to the gas pedal fast enough after the light turns green. Everyone must constantly “go, go, go!” Now add to the mix cell phones, texting, e-mails, Internet, and computers, and we truly can be reached almost anytime, anywhere.

Personally, this all gets to be a lot. I have started challenging myself to live in the moment and notice the experiences around and inside of me more frequently. Taking a deep breath can bring me to a place of awareness, but sometimes it takes a little more work. This usually happens when I am stressed out or overwhelmed by all that needs to be done. In those times, it feels as if all I can think about is the daunting “TO DO” list. When this occurs, I go through my senses and try to pay attention to what each one is experiencing in that particular moment.

When I practice being in the moment, I am brought to a place of gratitude. I am better able to see all of the wonder and beauty around me. Being in the moment helps me forgive and move on from the past and to not worry about what is to come.

And of course, after these moments, my “TO DO” list is always there waiting for me, and the constant “go, go, go!” goes back to normal. 


  1. After the weekend that just passed, your comments are the Universe sending me a personal message! Whether it's the Summer coming to an end or Fall commitments kicking me into high gear, it is so easy for me to explain away why I'm crazy busy. Slowing down to allow myself to be in the moment is my cutting edge learning -- or more accurately, my re-learning. Thanks for reinforcing the message for me. Apparently I need to relearn it periodically!!
    Linda Winter
    Therapist at TAC

  2. I remember, back in the day, when Life felt much slower. People were more patient - they didn't get mad at you if you didn't return their text in less than a minute. Of course we didn't have texting, or email, or facebook, or even voice mail. I long for a simpler life, with less stuff, and more time to enjoy the fewer things I have. Time to enjoy the people in my life at length and not just a "tweet" back and forth.

  3. Perfect words for me to read today as I am having very anxious days with all that is going on with the move. I need to take a deep breath and remember who is in control. Slow down and enjoy the ride.

  4. We sure get caught up in worrying about what is next. Esp in the US. There's been times in my life when I was quite removed from the grid and the rush of the daily grind-- those were the most mentally relaxing and rewarding times of my life. I'm trying to go back to that.

    Thanks for the post.