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WISDOM WITHIN - March 2016 - Kansas City

The Secret to More Success is Slowing Down

By Suzette Scholtes


My friend found his wife at the bottom of their stair case moaning. She tripped going downstairs for water and suffered a concussion. When I heard the news, I decided to slow down in all aspects of my life: driving, getting ready, working, cooking, etc.


This “intent’ imprints my every waking minute. As soon as I begin to hurry---especially the routine of leaving the house and finding keys—I slow down. Thus my nervous system and immune system has become more calm and strong.


To remain safe and secure is root chakra energy. Since choice is pivotal to all change, the one to slow down will become a new habit with practice. Some tips:


  1. Slowing down gives you time to see things you may have missed. When we hurry we may miss the vision of our long term goals. Avoid cramming too much into your day.

  2. To see the big picture it is important step back. We all have our human doubts and fears. The only true anecdote is self-esteem, self-love and self-worth. We all deserve a relaxed and balanced life. Avoid making it “hard.”

  3. Get over your road rage. I allow drivers to cut in front of me. We are all in the same boat. Makes you feel good to be patient with others.

  4. Stay organized especially with your keys. Put them in a precise place in your hall or kitchen so you know where how to find them. Same when you arrive at your destination. One man says he places his keys in the same pocket of his jeans so he never worries about a lost key.

  5. When you find yourself in a hurry: stop, breathe, and choose to slow down. Enjoy the beauty of your new day such as the warm coffee or tea you may drink. Enjoy the ritual of your AM routine and slow down getting dressed even if you change your mind several times on what to wear. When you feel good you look good!

  6. Savor your kitchen rituals. Organize the ingredients before you cook or bake. Out of something? I avoid rushing to the grocery to buy what I need. Or I change the meal plan.

  7. And yes….we must mention the cell phone. Put it away for a bit of time. Texts and calls can wait. How many messages are that urgent?


When we move “slow” through our day, we bring more quality and balance into our lives. It also helps to set boundaries. My sis called yesterday so I texted “Will call later--on deadline now.” Define what it means for you to create a balanced life. The true measure of balance is the feeling of accomplishment and happiness we enjoy each day.


Last, if you have stairs where you live, like me, I keep water on the bedside table. Extra night lights beam upon the staircase just in case anyone does need to walk the steps at night. Feel the grace of slowing down.


Suzette Scholtes’ non-fiction writing won the prestigious “Writers Digest” award. Her passions are writing and yoga and she feels one needs a sense of humor for both. She founded The Yoga School of Therapeutics where she manages one of the regions prestige teacher training programs. 10400 W. 103rd Street,

Overland Park. 




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