Moving Toward Balance with Kindness

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Slowing down and reconnecting with our wellbeing and our purpose has been on the minds, hearts and actions of so many of us. We’re programed to think slow and steady is weak, while fast and tense is good. We all know how that worked out for the tortoise and the hare, but we still ignore the wisdom. The voice of push, force and struggle is always louder and grabs our attention easier. We get brave and crave slow when something big happens; a breakdown, burnout or for so many, the reality of this devastating year. We have an opportunity to listen and find a better way, for pretty much everything, but we can only listen if we slow down, soften, and allow ourselves to be quiet. The loud fades and progress rises up.

Slowing down is my personal mantra and I know just enough about the healing arts to know it’s a super power. Slow is the action I come back to when I feel the tense, rigidly fast, and the outside voices start to influence a little too much. Slowing down is the inspiration for Clean Mind Clean Body, which I took over 3 years to research and write. That’s a small improvement from my formerly small town girl desperately trying to make good, ambitious, get it done right now, self. A side of myself that I’ve learned to listen to, comfort and let know that the intention and energy is great, but sift it all in slowness and it is magic. We all want to be heard and seen, most importantly, from ourselves.

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