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#76850 - 05/05/03 10:46 PM Slow down therapy
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Guys,
Here's some more inspirational stuff that I've come across on my codependancy listserv. While I have yet to fully contemplate my spirituality, I found this little tid-bit very enriching. By the way, I have many more of these and I have no problem sharing them if they're appreciated.
Enjoy,
Mike


... Slow Down Therapy

1. Slow down; God is still in heaven. You are not responsible for doing it all yourself, right now.

2. Remember a happy, peaceful time in your past. Rest there. Each moment has richness that takes a lifetime to savor.

3. Set your own pace. When someone is pushing you, it's OK to tell them they're pushing.

4. Take nothing for granted: watch water flow, the corn grow, the leaves blow, your neighbor mow.

5. Taste your food. God gives it to delight as well as to nourish.

6. Notice the sun and the moon as they rise and set. They are remarkable for their steady pattern of movement, not their speed.

7. Quit planning how you're going to use what you know, learn, or possess. God's gifts just are; be grateful and their purpose will be clear.

8. When you talk with someone, don't think about what you'll say next. Thoughts will spring up naturally if you let them.

9. Talk and play with children. It will bring out the unhurried little person inside you.

10. Create a place in your home...at your work...in your heart...where you can go for quiet and recollection. You deserve it.

11. Allow yourself time to be lazy and unproductive. Rest isn't luxury; it's a necessity.

12. Listen to the wind blow. It carries a message of yesterday and tomorrow-and now. NOW counts.

13. Rest on your laurels. They bring comfort whatever their size, age, or condition.

14. Talk slower. Talk less. Don't talk. Communication isn't measured by words.

15. Give yourself permission to be late sometimes. Life is for living, not scheduling.

16. Listen to the song of a bird; the complete song. Music and nature are gifts, but only if you are willing to receive them.

17. Take time just to think. Action is good and necessary, but it's fruitful only if we muse, ponder, and mull.

18. Make time for play-the things you like to do. Whatever your age, your inner child needs re-creation.

19. Watch and listen to the night sky. It speaks.

20. Listen to the words you speak, especially in prayer.

21. Learn to stand back and let others take their turn as leaders.There will always be new opportunities for you to step out in front again.

22. Divide big jobs into little jobs. If God took six days to create the universe, can you hope to do any better?

23. When you find yourself rushing and anxious, stop. Ask yourself "WHY?" you are rushing and anxious. The reasons may improve your self-understanding.

24. Take time to read the Bible. Thoughtful reading is enriching reading.

25. Direct your life with purposeful choices, not with speed and efficiency. The best musician is one who plays with expression and meaning, not the one who finishes first.

26. Take a day off alone; make a retreat. You can learn from monks and hermits without becoming one.

27. Pet a furry friend. You will give and get the gift of now.

28. Work with your hands. It frees the mind.

29. Take time to wonder. Without wonder, life is merely existence.

30. Sit in the dark. It will teach you to see and hear, taste and smell.

31. Once in a while, turn down the lights, the volume, the throttle, the invitations. Less really can be more.

32. Let go. Nothing is usually the hardest thing to do - but often it is the best.

33. Take a walk-but don't go anywhere. If you walk just to get somewhere, you sacrifice the walking.

34. Count your friends. If you have one, you are lucky. If you have more, you are blessed. Bless them in return.

35. Count your blessings - one at a time and slowly.

Author -- Unknown

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#76851 - 05/05/03 11:02 PM Re: Slow down therapy
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Registered: 08/19/02
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Mike:

Yes, please keep sharing this kind of inspirational material. I encourage others to do the same as you come across it. We can all share a lot of good stuff this way. Thanks.

Victor

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#76852 - 05/07/03 06:42 PM Re: Slow down therapy
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Registered: 02/12/03
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Sleepy - Please share!! \:\) I've enjoyed the last several pieces you shared. I have shared them with my wife and sons. I find them immensely spiritual and provoking positive thoughts. Thanks for your caring enough to share!!! \:D

HOWARD

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If you think you can or you can't - you're right!.......anon
It's never too late to have a happy childhood!.....anon
You're very normal for the abnormal situation you've been through..............S. Todd

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#76853 - 05/08/03 01:29 PM Re: Slow down therapy
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Registered: 01/31/03
Posts: 82
Loc: pottsboro,texas
Sleepy,
Please keep sharing this peaceful stuff. It is relaxing to the soul + all the people here need peace because their life is upsidedown right now. Thank you for sharing the peace.
WITH MUCH LOVE,
Kim


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#76854 - 05/08/03 06:15 PM Re: Slow down therapy
Lloydy Offline
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Registered: 04/17/02
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Sleepy, SLEEEEPY !!! WAKE UP..

I love that list, we do move much to fast and try to do everything at once.

OK, back to sleep.

Dave

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