Whereas February is the shortest month within the yr, it’s all the time felt like one of many longest (and I do know I’m removed from alone on this perspective). Time appears to sluggish, particularly right here in Minnesota, the place the chilly, darkish days could make life really feel like an limitless slog at instances. This tempo hasn’t all the time felt pure for me, an individual who has, traditionally, tended to flit from one factor to the subsequent—all the time pondering, all the time shifting, all the time doing—no matter what my thoughts and physique really wanted.
I’ve been pondering quite a bit these days about what it means to fulfill myself (and others) the place I’m at—to eat after I’m hungry, sleep after I’m drained, pause after I’m overwhelmed. The identical perspective may very well be utilized to the seasons. If February feels just like the slowest month of all of them, why not lean into its rhythm? Why not permit your self to relaxation when nature rests?
There are, after all, situations when the pondering and the shifting and the doing is a necessity. There’ll all the time make sure calls for on our consideration we will’t ignore. However, even for the busiest amongst us, there may be nonetheless house for a pause, a relaxation, a second or two—irrespective of how temporary—to easily be.
As we enter the month of February, I invite you to consider what it means so that you can decelerate.
What has your relationship with slowing down been up to now? What upsides have you ever skilled from a slower tempo of life? How do you hunt down that sense of respite now?
This month, what if we allowed ourselves to indulge within the move of the sluggish season? What if we did nothing extra usually, moved with extra intention, multitasked much less, and monotasked extra? We could be stunned by how a lot of a metamorphosis it may deliver.
What if we did nothing extra usually, moved with extra intention, multitasked much less, and monotasked extra? We could be stunned by how a lot of a metamorphosis it may deliver.
This February, our contributors shall be writing about easy, sluggish practices that deliver readability, find out how to assist a good friend who’s going by means of a tough patch, and significant methods to have fun Valentine’s Day (irrespective of your relationship standing). I’ll be exploring a few of the stunning advantages I’ve seen from slowing down in my very own life. I’ll even be sharing a take a look at what I really like (and what I’d change) about our blue library, plus a assessment of my favourite pillows for aspect sleepers, a submit I’ve been engaged on for a number of months. Keep tuned for this and lots extra all through the month forward!
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Kate is presently studying to play the Ukulele, a lot to the despair of her husband, youngsters, and canines. Observe her on Instagram at @witanddelight_.