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Why slowing down really works

The Genius of our time

Many of us have heard of the Slow Movement if not in Slow Ageing, at least in Slow Food and possibly also in Slow Sex. And quite frankly, most of us really like it, don’t we?

The movement, though completely decentralised, has become an emblematic brand in that one word which we humans are craving for in our utterly over-connected mad lives. We have become extensions of our machines to the point that we even show up in meditation class (on our app) with the expectation to get a fix. This is madness.

But we live in the world of duality – in order to hone anything, we also need to hone its opposite. And what is the opposite of Madness?


GENIUS

As a humanity, we are SLOWly evolving into awakening – and the process is SLOW.

It doesn’t mean it takes time to awaken but it surely requires us to slow down, to slow down so much so that we can literally WAKE UP to ourselves.

Until we know what we are thinking at the exact moment that the thought appears, we are slaves of our minds. And if we are slaves of our minds, in a world where the mind is king, we are… slaves.

Is that what we want?

Why are so many people attracted to the SLOW movement? Because it works; it opens the path to dropping into the opposite of Madness. Listen to the word: GENIUS.

It says:

GENIE IN US

As we SLOW down and watch our thoughts, watch our emotions, watch the stories that live inside of us, we become SLOWly, observers of our mental minds and in that observation without judgment, a shift takes place – we realise that indeed we are none of these. This realisation is the basis of awakening and it cannot be comprehended by the mind. The mind cannot understand awakening – sure, an intelligent mind will analyse it and even be able to describe what happened; however there will be a point when no word will be able to grasp the experience. That’s the space described by mystics as the divine ecstasy. It is beyond words. And the mind who wants to stay in power, will not like this space. But our soul does!

Our societies are MENTAL. Everything is about the mind. There is no space for the soul and if there is, it is controlled by the mind… But when we open up to SLOW living, we open up to the dimension of the soul where our GENIUS resides.

That space is the space of Miracle that lives within each one of us. I have experienced this space over and over and seen other people experience it too: it triggers washing tears of healing over our hearts and lays a soft layer of kindness and compassion in us.

Our lives are fast and mental – the opposite of that is slow and heart-centred.

The beauty of this equation is that the healing humanity is currently seeking with such radical imbalances opens up the dimension of super-human: a human being who has mastered their mental and emotional mind and their heart.

That human being can live at the pace of our current world and yet be centred in their soul, sourcing themselves from the space of Miracle. This is becoming more of a myth than a reality. SLOWly.

Please, if you are walking with courage your path of awakening and feel great suffering as you do so, don’t give up! Everyone has to open to his own crap swept under the carpet in the name of performance, perfection, belonging to the group… and let the piled up emotions flow out and the stories of victimhood, humiliation and powerlessness, hopelessness, helplessness…. dissolve. 

Take it SLOWly. 

Anyone who tells you they didn’t find these things… or simply swipe an arm in sign of conquer (meaning been there, done that), don’t believe them! 

Those who walk that path carry the scars of their wounds in their eyes and their hearts radiate with deep compassion grounded in the suffering of humanity. 

That transformation too happens SLOWly.

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