Ideas For Slowing Down

 
1. Turn off your cell phone when you can.
2. Pick one day, or part of a day, or just an hour where you don't answer the phone or watch TV.
3. Go out to eat with a friend.
4. Take a walk alone or with a friend.
5. Resolve to meditate 20 minutes each day for one week. Then examine the difference.
6. Spend time in nature.
7. Think of an activity that you really like to do and then do it.
8. Simplify your life. For example, only have 2 kinds of salad dressing, 3 breakfast cereals. 
9. Adopt the touch once (at most twice) method for dealing with mail. Throw out junk mail immediately. Put bills in a tray. 
10. Do all your errands in one place or in one trip to the extent possible.
11. Make a meal and freeze single portions.
12. Get rid of all but one or two credit cards.
13. Pay as many bills as possible by automatic withdrawal 
14. Buy a copy of Simplify Your Life: 100 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Things That Really Matter by Elaine St. James.
 
A few minutes of meditation can help restore your energy.
Take a comfortable and alert posture, either on the floor or on a chair. 
Gently close your eyes and establish a sense of presence within your body. 
It is often helpful to start a period of meditation with two or three deep breaths to establish a clear connection with the body and the breath, and to shed some of the surface preoccupations of the mind. 
Then, direct your attention to simply but consciously noticing the physical sensations of breathing in and breathing out without trying to control or manipulate your breath.
As you become familiar with your breathing, rest your attention in the area of your body where the breath is clearest or easiest to attend to. This can be the rising and falling of the abdomen, the movement of the chest, or the sensation of air passing through the nostrils. 
To help maintain the connection between the physical sensations of breathing and awareness, people often find it useful to gently, silently label the inhalations and exhalations as "rising" and "falling" or "in" and "out."
Throughout your meditation, keep the attention soft and relaxed, while alert and precise.

If you can distinguish between the ideas, concepts, images, and stories associated with some experience on the one hand, and the immediate and direct felt-sense of the experience on the other, let mindfulness rest with the direct experience. As we learn to be alertly and calmly present in our meditation, a deeper intimacy with ourselves and with the world will arise. As we cultivate our ability to remain mindful without interfering, judging, avoiding, or clinging to our direct experience, wellsprings of insight and wisdom have a chance to surface.