Have you ever felt like you were “running out of time”? To regret that the days are not longer than 24 hours? To be overwhelmed, to make to-do lists that never end?

We often have the impression that life is a whirlwind that accelerates, a high-speed train that we have the greatest difficulty slowing down.

Yet some say that time does not exist, at least not in a linear way and that it is “relative”. Metaphysicians teach us that the notion of time is linked to consciousness.

Technology, paradoxically, has allowed us to free up time, by making household tasks easier, with the invention of ever more efficient machines, and ever faster means of transport and communication.

At the same time, we have increased our desires and aspirations to produce, communicate, and move more and more quickly.

The cult of speed comes from the demand for performance, productivity, and rentability but also from unlimited access to infinite potential.

This new subtle alienation generates an exponential collective acceleration, with the total digitalization of our society, a sign of imbalance.

In the digital age, we find ourselves caught up in technology, which is so difficult to escape from.

They mobilize our main senses and cut us off from ourselves, enslaving us by demanding more and more of our time and attention.

The information, the new versions, follow one another at an increasing pace, putting us in a state of permanent upheaval because the speed of change is greater than our capacity for cognitive integration.

We are forced to adapt and accelerate.

The transformations of our societies, with all their crises and uncertainties, add to this feeling of acceleration and the feeling of being overwhelmed and not knowing where to turn. Lulled by the illusion that if we had more time, we could do it!

Results: stress, anxiety, disturbed sleep, psychological exhaustion, burnout, illness, etc…

In a world where we have access to so many things, time continues to resist us.

The solution? Change the paradigm.

To stop being involuntarily sucked into the acceleration of the modern world, we need to change our vision of the world, and our relationship with time.

Move from acting and accelerating to being and enjoying. This requires letting go of our beliefs about the constant obligation of movement and action. Life naturally alternates between these two poles: movement and action versus stillness and being.

Yes, but how do we slow down?

We can start by taking small breaks during the day, by simply connecting to our breathing. Then resume our activity, but with more awareness, being at what we are doing, fully, remaining calm in our inner space. This goes against the “multi-task” ideally suited to women 😉

It also forces us:

– to review our ambitions, because by always wanting more, we lose the quality of each thing;

to force ourselves not to skip from one subject to another, or from one activity to another;

to prioritize what is important;

to finish what we have started, before moving on to something else;

not to respond to all social or professional requests;

To relearn to say “no” before committing ourselves, and to set our limits, to others, but also to our own ego!

Regardless, these organizational practices may help us, but they will not be enough to regain control of our time in a sustainable way.

Economic, social and administrative pressures hold us hostage.

To find our own rhythm, we will have to overcome our fears: of running out of money, of disappointing, of not doing enough, but also perhaps of enjoying it…

To slow down durably, we will have to break away from conformism, perfectionism and altruism, because we can spend our lives trying to satisfy others, without ever working on what we are really passionate about, and thus miss our life.

Slowing down when you think you have obligations and problems to solve seems crazy. So it takes faith and courage to take the plunge.

For example, if we feel overwhelmed, going for a walk will clear our heads.

Or decide to do something you’ve always wanted to do, but never took the time to do.

Slowing down is a gamble, a leap of faith. It is not a goal, but a way to live in consciousness and find Joy.

It creates positive results and new potential.

We stop spreading ourselves to focus on the goals we have chosen in consciousness.

We are more focused and efficient.

We are more available to those around us. We improve our relationships.

We are more centred, and more in touch with our emotions.

We see things more clearly.

We are more intuitive.

To become master of our time is an act of self-love: to live by offering ourselves moments out of time, fragments of eternity.

By taking our time, without fear of “losing” time, we will rediscover the time of nature and of the living. Being present to ourselves and to others, far from slowing us down, will help us gain time, especially through synchronicities. This requires nevertheless attention to maintain this posture of openness which lets time work for us and to rectify our psychological conditioning which brings us back to the fear of lack of time.

Taking our time is the best gift we can give ourselves.

Take the time to do what “nourishes” us.

The practice of certain activities is especially conducive to this learning of presence: gardening, meditation, walking in silence in nature, creating, dancing, reading a book to a child …

The more one is present, awake, and without mental pollution, the longer the time is felt.

It is an encounter with inner freedom and autonomy.

An experience of letting go and trusting life.

To be ONE with our internal universe, to feel it, to know it, to accept it, to live it.