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Slow Down: A Mind Exercise
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Slow Down: A Mind Exercise

Enrich your life through observation.

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Wherever you are right now, find the farthest object you can see. Is it many miles away? A half mile away? Just a short walk? No matter. Imagine that this place is your destination. And now, imagine that you've put on your running shoes and you are running toward it as fast as you can go. Think of some things you'll see along the way that might interest you. Imagine yourself running by and taking notice of these things as they pass. Now, let's bring you back to where you started. And imagine that you're going to start toward your destination again, but this time at an easy jogging pace. Think of some more things you might notice on your way there. What people do you see? Manmade things? Natural things? Now, let's go back to your starting point more time. And this time, imagine that you're going to your destination at a very slow walk. Now, what do you notice as you move forward? How many things? What are their shapes and colors? How does the light reflect off of them? Imagine that you continue to walk, observing the things around you at this pace all the way to your destination. And, finally, ask yourself, "How was my walking journey different from my running journey?"

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