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Slow Down to Speed Up

slow your mind

The constant influx of emails, social media, and staying afloat is exhausting. Slow your mind and you’ll reap the the benefits in all aspects of your life and business.

Stillness, Silence, and Space

When you don’t make the time to sit with yourself, your mind becomes a small, studio-sized apartment. But when you make the space to sit with your own stillness, your mind transforms into a home, with room to bring others in. Special thanks to meditation teacher, David Nichtern, for introducing this concept to me (and it’s one I think about often).

When you sit with yourself, you realize you had a mentor with you all along. Nobody knows what you need better than yourself. Listen to this mentor, and go one step further by asking your future self the business decisions you’ve been struggling with. When you sit with these questions you’ll find the guidance you’re searching for.

Before you sit, consider some beliefs that might be limiting you. These may include:

  1. There is only one way to grow a business.
  2. Everything has to be perfect.
  3. Excessive effort is required.
  4. You aren’t smart, you don’t work hard, there is no hope.

You already know these aren’t true, but sometimes it takes sitting to really believe them. If you need more guidance on how to sit in stillness, there are a plethora of free resources available on YouTube.

Inspiration for this post comes from “Listen to Your Authentic Inner Voice” by Beth Montpas published in the February 2023 issue of Creative Retailer.

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