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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Do you feel like life is speeding up? Like each year passes more quickly than the last? I sure do. I logically know that as you grow older each year is a smaller and smaller percentage of your over all life, so one year out of 29 will not feel as significant (time wise) at one year out of 9. I understand this, but still, I feel like there's more to it. The answer may be that (as cliché as it is) we all need to take more time to stop and smell the roses.

This article on the Huffington Post suggests that time feels to speed up because we take less time to pay attention to the little moments. Our perception of time has changed. "According to neuroscientific research recently highlighted by Inc. Magazine, how the brain perceives time passing determines whether our days feel luxuriously long, or short and harried -- and it's something that we have a certain level of control over. By paying attention and actively noticing new things, we can slow time down."

As we take time to notice and remember the little details of a moment, or day, our perception of that time changes - we allow our selves to luxuriate in time a bit, we perceive that time has slowed down. In short, taking a more mindful approach to everyday life can help to slow down time, among other healthful benefits. You can cultivate mindfulness though meditation, or through simply allowing yourself the opportunity to notice the little details of your day. Take a beat, take a breath, and allow yourself a moment to simply enjoy the present. 

Read the full article here

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