This little guy reminded me about the importance of the one of the Nine Essentials - the Essential of Slow.
First of all, while hiking the other day, I would have possibly missed seeing this beautiful snail if my friend had not seen him and pointed him out. My friend was able to slow down and spot the snail, that would have been so easy to miss. By slowing down and being in tune with our environment, with ourselves and how we feel in the moment, we are able to see, hear and feel so much more than if we are rushing around and moving through life quickly.
This little guy also shows us how moving slowly is beautiful and intricate. Slow does not keep us from reaching our destination or our purpose in life.
You need to slow down in order to learn a new skill and feel what you are doing and sensing. Slow catches the brain’s attention and creates new neural connections. You can only do what you know in a fast way.
Remember our friend the snail today as you go through your day's activities. See how you can incorporate slow into your activities and pay attention to how slow makes you feel. Does slowing down bring more awareness to your body, more awareness of the people around you or to the problem that you are solving?
Laura Friesen BMR(PT) is a certified Neuromovement Practitioner