No hurry, no worry, Part 2

In the last post, we explored the idea of “no hurry, no worry.”  Now it’s your turn to experience this practice.

→  Try this. You might want to experiment with this technique–perhaps not for a whole day, but for an hour, say. Select a specific period of time to refrain from rushing, worry and fear. Then just notice what happens and how you feel about it. Try writing about it in a journal.

Some questions to consider:

  • What do you worry about — yourself or other people, finances, health, the state of the world?
  • Under what conditions do you find yourself rushing and speeding?
  • Do other people encourage you to worry or hurry? How do you respond when they do?
  • What happens when you let go of the need to rush around or be fearful? What insights emerge?
  • Do you feel yourself resisting this practice? What makes it easier (for example, writing down your worries, or perhaps yoga, deep breathing or meditation)?

If you find it useful to spend a bit of time relieved of rushing and fear, consider integrating the practice into your life more fully.

What would it take to structure your time so that you could slow down and relax more consistently or for longer durations?  For example, would enlisting the support of another person help?

Please comment and share your own experiments with “no hurry, no worry.”

To your ease!

Pat Daniel, Ph.D.

© Pat Daniel and wizardofease.com, 2011.
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One Response to No hurry, no worry, Part 2

  1. Mary says:

    Pat,

    Thanks for the reminder to notice when we get “all speeded up” with activity or worry. I find that this tends to happen mostly at work for me.

    I work within a culture that expects a huge amount of productivity and expects a very rapid turnaround and quick responses to email communications. In fact, it is not uncommon for someone to send an email and 5 minutes later appear at your office asking: “did you get my email?” (meaning – “when will you reply/take an action step?”) and I have to tactfully communicate that I will get to it as soon as I can.

    I have learned that it is up to me to take responsibility for my inner peace and my well-being. I try to do mini practices (reminding myself to slow down and take a few deep breaths) throughout the day and “horrors” – I will sometimes go offline and take a half hour off from looking at emails while I work so I can think and write and plan and actually get work done – what a concept!

    Sometimes I have discovered that by stepping away from the email “chatter” – it has all been resolved by the time I log back on!

    I also have a practice of trying to leave the office on most days around lunch time, usually for a walk, but sometimes I just go to the library down the street and read and relax for 20 minutes.

    And, most importantly, I try not to take myself too seriously and try to enjoy the wonders of each day, no matter what it brings.

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