In today’s “rush-rush” society where our society is focused on getting everything done, not only in record time but many things done at once, we can easily become off balance, off kilter, and so stressed our health suffers. It is common knowledge that stress is the number one killer across the globe. It is known to be a major factor in heart attack and stroke but how much stress we have in our lives also determines our adrenal health which can affect our insulin levels leading to diabetes or insulin resistance which can have an affect on our fertility which can affect our stress levels……It’s a vicious cycle. When we are stressed we don’t sleep enough and when we don’t sleep enough we don’t handle stress well. Our sex lives and relationships suffer libido dips causing other deep seated conflicts. Stress is a hamster wheel and we are all the hyped up gerbils looking to do everything, have everything, be everything to everyone all the time. We want MORE. We want it NOW.
Guess what? That MORE NOW mentality is killing you us…. All that racing to the invisible “finish line” is doing nothing but putting us in the lead for the race to an early grave.
On my recent trip to India I looked around at the hustle and bustle going on around me in New Delhi and realized that even in the seemingly mass chaos of traffic, people off to work or on their way home, the juxtaposition of opulence and affluence to abject poverty, one thing remained constant. The smiles of the people, no matter what their station, the devotion and deference they showed to worship, the absolute calm that enveloped this huge megalopolis had such a profound effect on me that I discovered, right then and there, the path to balanced health and happiness is all about slowing down and focusing on thing at a time.
This epiphany struck me first while watching a few cows crossing a busy road to graze in the median. I am sure you all know cows are considered sacred animals in India and they do, indeed, walk among the people. Since Indian food is heavy on dairy products, these cows are viewed as life giving (and if anyone has ever tasted desi ghee made of grazing cow’s butter in the old method according to Ayurvedic standards you will know what I mean by life giving. Definitely life affirming goodness.). In Delhi the traffic is, to put it mildly, chaotic. A cacophony of horns blazing all at once, 3 lanes becoming 5, and each driver jockeying for his position can lead even the most experienced foreign driver down the path of madness quickly. Yet our drivers deftly maneuvered hurdles, lending their own sound to the symphony, without so much as a heavy sigh, an angry look or ever uttering an under the breath swear word we all know well in the West. As the cows passed in front of the traffic the horns fell silent with nobody trying to hurry them along or move them out of the way, and not a soul looking angry or annoyed at this unexpected interruption to their obviously busy schedules.
What was even better is that one cow took a shine to my open window and came over and blessed me with his muzzle and a little lick before deciding to continue on his way. My driver did not once try to shoo the cow away, even seemed mildly amused at the fact that I smiled in absolute wonder. (Later, that same young driver got into a small fender bender as is common in such a crowded traffic situation, and there was not one raised voice or harsh word as the drivers exchanged information.)
This post is the first in a series of “Slow Living” posts and the importance of taking moments to slow down and “dim the lights” a little on the “guns blazing” lifestyle we all seem to lead lately. In the next few days you will get to see glimpses of the profound life-changing experiences we had in India and receive tips and tricks on how to join the “Slow Living” movement and profoundly influence your health and wellness towards the positive.
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Until tomorrow, Namaskar!
Wishing you peace and balance,