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Finding Joy in Slowing Down

You know how competition in sports can make us forget to actually enjoy what we’re doing because we’re so focused on winning?

Back in high school, I was on the swim team, and we practiced like crazy every day, aiming for medals and nothing else.

After my time in the army, I hated swimming because whenever I was in the water, I couldn’t let anyone try to overtake me in the lane, which made my daily swim so tiring.

I quit swimming for a while.

Then, one day, I got the chance to join a meditation class. I learned to slow down everything I do. Walking, eating, talking, reading, writing…

Six months later, my life had changed in amazing ways. I started noticing details I’d missed before.

I found birds chirping in the morning on my way to work in the hustle and bustle of the city. I didn’t pay attention to that before.

One day, I saw a young lady running really slowly. She even wore a smile on her face, not in a rush but really enjoying her slow jogging. She breathed smoothly and immersed herself in the moment.

It inspired me to get back in the pool.

The next morning, I swam freestyle really slowly and found out that when I tried to catch the water, my palms were so flexible that I could adjust the angle to make the movement so relaxed.

Simply focused on the moment, the whole process was gratifying.

I realized that speed isn’t everything in swimming.

Most of us in the HOYAHH community are sports enthusiasts who work out daily.

Try slowing down your sport of choice, really take your time with it. Don’t worry about what others think; just enjoy the moment.

You might discover something new and wonderful that was right there all along.