20+ Meditations on Slowing Down

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The beauty of life can be found in the present

Every holiday season, we find ourselves restless to do more when we actually feel like doing less…

Feelings of inadequacy may pop up as we are told by society that, this is the time to go “over the top” with holiday decor, events, and personal status. These actions can leave us feeling burnt out and overwhelmed. But it doesn’t have to be that way…

The reality is, the beauty of space and time can be found in the present.

I have found, that when I give myself the space to quiet down my mind and create a safe space of inner peace, suddenly I am not in competition with the outer world, but rather, I am at peace with myself.

If you find yourself, progressively getting ramped up this holiday season, I hope you find as much inspiration as I have within the following quotes. These quotes have inspired and reminded me to instead, take the real richness from this season – that is, to savor quality moments with myself, and my closest loved ones – because in the end… that’s truly all that matters.


20+ Meditations on Slowing Down


“Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at anytime and be yourself.” — Hermann Hesse

“If we would just slow down, happiness would catch up to us.” – Richard Carlson

“Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” — Chinese Proverb

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The first principle of all action is leisure.” — Aristotle

“Being in a hurry does not slow down time.” — Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Slow down to the speed of wisdom.” — Vicki Robin

“There is no hurry, and in a way, there is no future. It is all here — so take it easy, take your time, and get acquainted with it.” — Alan Watts

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.” — Lily Tomlin

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” — Lao Tzu

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” — Socrates

“Busyness becomes our existential comfort pill, the refuge from existential angst.” — Nicos Hadjicostis

“Being busy is a disease of our time.” — Pedram Shojai

“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.” — Bill Gates

“He who hurries has one foot in the grave.” — Moroccan saying

“Time is the new money.” — Richard Branson

“Without great solitude no serious work is possible.” — Pablo Picasso

“We need, above all things, to slow down and get ourselves to amble through life instead of to rush through it.” — Alan Watts

“Busyness is, at its core, about misplaced priorities.” — Joshua Becker

“Loneliness is when you’re missing people, aloneness is when you’re enjoying yourself.” — Anthony de Mello

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” — Annie Dillard

“A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest.” — Albert Einstein

“If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.” —Banksy

“Just because you’re doing a lot more doesn’t mean you’re getting a lot more done. Don’t confuse movement with progress.” — Denzel Washington

The land of burnout is not a place I ever want to go back to.
– Arianna Huffington


Stay organically opulent,

Goldie W.