I am finding that many of us are stressed to very high degrees in today's world. We are running constantly at speeds that caffeine can barely maintain. We are asked to do more, and work harder with less resources. The "To Do" list is endless and we constantly feel like we don't have enough time.
The problem is we have forgotten that we are not computers and we do not run at nanosecond speeds. We are human beings, who need to be present with ourselves. Unless pressed, we move quite literally at the speed of the breath - this is our natural rhythm as human beings. But that is not how we live anymore.
Why is this important? More often than not, going faster than this we lose our groundedness, we lose our connection to ourselves and others. Later in our life we wake up one day and we find we don't know who we are and what we really want and where we are going.
Where am I? How did I get here? How did this happen? To me? Well, in today's world, it's easy. Most urban cultures are going at an accelerating, breakneck speed. If you live in one, it's very hard not to do the same.
What I offer people is one hour a week where they can slow down, breathe, be with themselves and another human being who listens and interacts with them, without cell phones, cars, children, partners, pets, roommates, etc. I call this the Time For Self hour of the week. It helps keep people grounded, centered and healthy when they spend an hour talking to me about what is really, really crucial for them at this time in their life.
Life is short. It gets shorter when we are less present. Together, we learn how to cultivate presence in the therapy room and then how to take it out into your life.