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HOW TO SLOW DOWN TIME IN CONSCIOUSNESS
*Adapted from Lee Glickstein's January 2014 article; for more go to www.speakingcirclesinternational.com
"It would be an advantage for anyone to make everything appear to move in slow motion. It would give you time to analyze the situation and the actions of everyone and everything around you. It gives you extra time to determine your actions in a pressure situation. This would be incredibly useful in business, driving your car in traffic, playing games, military combat, sports and life threatening situations." -- Enoch Tan, How to Slow Down Time in Your Mind
Effective leaders--whether of businesses or families--know how to slow down
time in their mind to bring out the best in themselves and others in the many
opportunities for mindfulness that each day brings.
The direct way to develop the capacity to slow down time is through regular
meditation or other stillness practice, but most leaders don't seem to have
the time, inclination or capacity to sustain such a practice.
But I've discovered that slowing down time is a kind of stillness that I and many
others can experience...
... when we place our attention on holding stillness for each other.
In place of struggling to access stillness within, I put my full priority on holding stillness for another.
I know how to be still for you so that time seems to slow down for you.
Scientists would say that I am self-regulating my autonomic nervous system to reduce stress and focus on communicating.
And as you and the group feels engaged, my autonomic state of calm is mirrored and we connect socially.
Calmness is highly contagious!
Lee Glickstein is an expert in communication and Founder of Speaking Circles, International. He specializes in public-speaking mastery, leadership presence and has trained over one humdred Facilitators internationally in delivering this work. He is also currently in collaboration with the Mindful Resource Center (MRC) in the study and delivery of methods to cultivate communication with peace and presence, such as the Stillness Partner Guidelines Protocol.
Dr. Julie Hartman: Thank you, Lee! I guess this also means that slowing down time in consciousness is contagious too! I've found this to be the case in my therapy work with clients... as well as in parenting my kids. Read more about that here.
"In Vietnam, there are many people, called boat people, who leave the country in small boats [to cross the Gulf of Siam]. Often the boats are caught in rough seas or storms, the people may panic, and boats may sink. But if even one person aboard can remain calm, lucid, knowing what to do and what not to do, he or she can help the boat survive. His or her expression - face, voice - communicates clarity and calmness, and people have trust in that person. They will listen to what he or she says. One such person can save the lives of many.
--Thich Nhat Hanh, Being Peace
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