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10 Tips to Slow Down


The Art of Appreciation 

How can it possibly be December?  It seems like just last week I was picking out plants for my garden.  Everyone seems to be feeling the same way.  Where is the time going?  Here we are heading into the "holiday season" and everyone with whom I have spoken seems to be feeling the same way - "overwhelmed"!!  It would be nice if we could all make a collective contract to stop the holiday madness and just enjoy some quality time with family and friends.
 In the words of the amazing Dr. Seuss as he describes the Grinch who is "puzzling"  about the Who's Christmas celebration...
"It came without ribbons!  It came without tags!  It came without packages, boxes or bags!"  Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store, Maybe Christmas...perhaps ...means a little bit more."

  Thermographic Diagnostic Imaging and Health Through Awareness would like to extend a heartfelt wish to everyone for a joyous holiday season. 
 May the New Year usher in a gentler, more peaceful time. 
 Happy Holidays,

It has never been easier to connect with someone on the other side of the world, yet it is so easy to feel disconnected from the people closest to us. We have more tools than ever to simplify tasks and accomplish more things quickly, yet our to-do lists have never been longer. Life is short, and time flies especially in today's fast-paced world.

The following suggestions may help you slow down, have a greater appreciation for life and focus on the most important parts of your day.
  1. Take time to prioritize daily objectives. By focusing on the most important tasks to get done, we eliminate the hustle and stress of trying to accomplish everything at once.
  2. Cut personal internet time. Technology has become a major element in most of our lives. Social networking, email, and web surfing often cause our minds to lose focus and wander through hundreds of topics, thoughts, and ideas. Try to reduce your internet time in order to have more time to explore new hobbies, exercise, etc.
  3. Enjoy nature. Take a five to ten minute break daily to step outside and breathe in some fresh air and concentrate on the beauty of nature.
  4. Eat slower. A lot of us tend to speed through meals thereby missing the chance to appreciate different food textures and flavors. Start to chew foods slower and distinguish new tastes, aromas, and consistencies.
  5. Connect with family and friends. We all try to make a concerted effort to spend time with close friends and family. That time is usually spent discussing life events and exchanging stories, but how often do we catch up while truly listening and connecting? Put away the cell phones and steer clear of noisy environments. Connect on a deeper level.
  6. Make time for yourself. When did you last spend valuable time on yourself? Take a night to find a new book, watch a favorite old movie, try yoga, meditation, or even experiment on a new recipe.
  7. Give yourself more time. When planning your daily schedule give yourself a few extra minutes when estimating how long things will take. This will help you not rush through daily tasks.
  8. Take the scenic route. Next time you're driving a long distance, take the scenic route. Driving through open fields, mountains, or viewing a city skyline can be very relaxing.
  9. Take a few extra minutes before you "power up" for the day.  Even just a few moments of meditation can set the tone for the rest of your day. Try to empty your mind and take deep breaths before jumping into your day's tasks.
  10. Remember your goals and aspirations. Each morning when you wake up, take a few moments to think about your life goals and aspirations. Recall the milestones you've already made in your life, and take time to expand your consciousness to allow new thoughts and ideas to flow.



The following is an excerpt from : The Power of Receiving: A Revolutionary Approach to Giving Yourself the Life You Want and

Deserve (Tarcher/Penguin, 2011), by Amanda Owen  


"Appreciation is an excellent thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us, as well." ~Voltaire


While the old proverb tells us it is better to give than receive, countless people bemoan the absence of grateful receivers. Thank you letters seem to be a relic of the past and expressions of gratitude are often drowned out in a sea of complaints about what is wrong with the world.

When you get back nothing or little in response to what you give, it's natural to feel mystified or even resentful. Interestingly, our culture spends a lot of time on the value of giving, while little attention is paid to receiving. Yet, for every giver there is a receiver. And when something is not received well-whether it is candy, a gift, or a compliment-we notice!

With a little time left before the holiday season arrives, it's not too late to strengthen your ability to receive.


1. Notice what people do for you and thank them. 

Don't think for a second that a lack of acknowledgment or a refusal to receive is not noticed by the person who gave! When we don't receive graciously, we thwart an opportunity for connection and prevent a mutually satisfying transaction from occurring.

The simple expression of gratitude is one of the ways that we give back to the giver. It feels good for our giving to be received and it makes us want to give again! 


2. Accept compliments.

When people pay you a compliment, do you downplay what they are saying about you? Or do you thank them? If someone wants to do something for you, do you say something like, "Oh, you don't need to do that! I can handle it myself!"

Many people are uncomfortable accepting compliments and then wonder why people aren't kinder or don't help them out more. Receiving something as simple as a compliment is a huge statement about your willingness to receive the good things in life.

Even if you are uncomfortable accepting a compliment, kind words, or a gift, note that feeling and receive it. But still say, "Thank you."


3. Start a gratitude journal.

To be grateful is to be receptive to life's abundance. Gratitude is a state of mind, a way of seeing life, of noticing and relating to life. There are those who have an overall attitude of gratitude. Conversely, some people are rarely grateful-even when people bend over backward to give to them.

Appreciation and gratitude come from inside a person as a way of looking at life, as a way of being in life. It is completely independent of external circumstances. Start a journal where you can record every day at least five things for which you feel grateful.  


When you express your appreciation, when you respond graciously to compliments, offers of help, gifts (and candy!) you not only strengthen your relationship bonds, you create a life where people want to give to you as much as you give to them. You create a two-way street, giving sometimes and receiving at other times.

This holiday season, receive from the people who give to you. Listen to what they say, notice what they do, and most of all, respond with a sincere 'thank you!'


Amanda Owen is the author of The Power of Receiving: A Revolutionary Approach to Giving Yourself the Life You Want and Deserve (Tarcher/Penguin, 2011)


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