slow down + live

photo taken by roderick henderson

slow down and live was a mantra that i stood by last year. one that i allowed to settle into my bones. i didn’t realize that it was a lifestyle that i manifested until reading a handwritten letter from my late grandfather with the words: my new year resolution is to slow down and live. that was the moment when it hit me. that was the moment when clarity struck me like lightning.

by this time, holding that paper in my hand and replaying his words over and over again in my head, it had been six months since i manifested a very similar will to the most high one. a will to help move me into a space where the agenda was to no longer rush life. where the agenda was to no longer question the future or live in the past. where the agenda was to be present and walk gracefully within each present moment. my will to the most high one was to acquire patience because it was only through patience that i could truly grasp this concept of slowing down and living.

over the course of the last year and four months, the greatest lesson i’ve learned is that the most high. the universe hears you. feels you. and gives you exactly what you ask for. not in the same form of your request and maybe not right away. and, rather than being given what you believe you want, you are given what you need. upon aligning myself with the infinite powers of the universe, in the darkness of my hotel room in morocco, i don’t believe i realized the capacity or the depth of the intentions that i was speaking out.

it was three weeks later when i began to reap the benefits of manifesting. it was three weeks later when i found myself back in the states, at a job that i wasn’t fully happy in and displaced, waiting for an apartment to become available (which wouldn’t be for another month). i was distraught. i was frustrated. i was unhappy. and for a couple of weeks, i failed to hold on to the most important lesson of it all: patience. i don’t recall the moment when the patience piece started to seep in. or when i let go of this need to be in control of situations that were, truly, beyond my control. but, it happened. the patience settled in and the shift began to occur.

in learning patience. in holding on to one of the most important lessons on this journey, i learned the power and the imperativeness of learning to slow down and live. learning to slow down and live gives you permission to take deeper breaths. it gives you permission to live and rejoice and be in every moment. it gives you permission to process the tough matters that need to be processed. it gives you permission to take a moment to analyze. to admire. the intricacies of the many fabrics of life.

continuing to implement the ability to slow down and live into my life has become a priority for me because learning to do so flows into other aspects of our lives.

this is the beginning for us. here starts our road to learning to

slow down and live.

- anisah amat -

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