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Welcome to TransformingOurselves.com - The website of author, counselor & conscious living advocate Brian M Heater
Living Consciously, becoming Mindful, and achieving Well-Being & Balance is about exploring all parts of ourselves - Mind, Body, Spirit & Emotions. It is also about exploring our connection to the natural world, the larger universe, and to our world community. I hope the information and programs I provide help you on your journey. Enjoy my website and feel free to contact me anytime.

    "Take time each day for quiet time, reflection, meditation or prayer. Change always begins within."
  News & Updates for 2016 -

Conscious Living, Mindfulness & Nature-Based Workshops -
If you are in Oregon we are now offering various Nature-Based Workshops & Retreats. Please see what we are offering this summer and fall of 2016. Private group workshops and individual sessions are also available.

Interested in being part of a new conscious living and nature-based educational center? Please check out our newest project - Cascadia Educational Project

     
Helpful Articles My Newest Book
 

 

 Being Love in Action

 Less is More. The Power of Simple Living

 Awaken My Friends 

The Art of Slowing Down - The Importance of Slowing Down Our Lives

 Love is a Verb. Take Conscious Steps on the Path of Loving Kindness

Moving From Head to Heart - Towards a New Consciousness

How to Practice Conscious Economics

How do we Create Miracles? Steps to Being A Miracle Worker

Tips on Breathing, Meditation and Reducing Stress

Please visit our Article Archives for a complete listing of our free articles & other resources.



Featured Article

 

 The Art of Slowing Down -

The Importance of Slowing Down Our Lives

As the world pace quickens with the aid of technology people are increasingly wanting to do things quickly. Wisdom tells me differently. The more I meditate and reflect on this the more I am directed to slow down. It isn't always an easy process, but I truly believe it is an essential action that we must take. We all need to learn the art of slowing down, taking time to ourselves, and taking time to reflect and connect with the larger universe. Without slowing ourselves down we take the risk of operating on a level that is stressful, self-centered and potentially harmful to the larger world around us. Let's explore this subject further.

 

I personally often feel like I am in a rush. A rush to accomplish something. A rush to make money. A rush to prove my self-worth. Sprit and intuition however are directing me down a different path. I am reminded that we should slow down and take the time to just be. I will call this action the "art of slowing down". This has been my focus and practice for the last several years, but it isn't always easy. Our modern world has many fine qualities yet I think many of us realize that there is an underlying imbalance that we need to heal. Getting things done faster has its advantages, but this increased speed of life is also something we should be aware of. By first recognizing this in our daily lives we can then take steps towards balancing this by slowing down. Slowing down is about being present. Taking time to be in the moment without so many thoughts of the future. Meditation, prayer, reflection and any quiet time are essential for this goal. The art of slowing down is a personal thing. You need to find ways that work for you. There are guidelines that can help, but there are no rules. Slowing down is about letting go for awhile. It is based more on feeling, on calming of the mind, not on expectations. Letting go of the normal pressures and schedules of your life are part of this process.

 

How do we learn the art of slowing down? Here are some guidelines to help get you started.

 

1. Be Conscious - be aware of your speed and stress. Be conscious of your emotions. When you are stressed, angry or frustrated it's a signal to slow down. Be conscious of these signs and learn to follow your intuition when it tells you its time to slow down.

 

2. Make some time for yourself - Find some time each day to be quiet. 15-30 minutes is ideal, but even a few minutes is better than none. Mornings are a good time to start your day. Evenings can also work. Don't make it a stressful rule to have time, make it a positive habit that helps you slow down.

 

3. Learn to Breathe - Slow down by breathing slowly in and out when you need to calm yourself. Do this for a few minutes and calm the mind. Learn to let go and empty the mind of your thoughts and of your schedule. Focus on the breath and just be in the moment. This takes some time to learn, but is an easy technique that helps I encourage you to make the time to do this.

 

4. Schedule Less - Learn to schedule one less task or one less activity in your day. Don't try to rush to get everything done. Your well-being and happiness are just as important. Take time for yourself and enjoy the present moments. Schedule that quiet time for yourself and just be present with no goals, agendas or "to do" lists.

 

5. Be Present - Try to let go of the future and be in the present moment. Don't worry so much. Let go of any past thoughts. Take time to just be. You can learn this through having daily quiet time.

 

6. Find a method that works for you - Meditation, prayer or reflection work wonders. Find something that resonates with you and that helps you relax and slow down. Quiet time can also be spent in nature or on a walk. Find something that works for you.

 

The simple act of slowing down our lives, even if just for a few minutes a day, can change your life and others around you. By slowing down, being present and allowing yourself quiet time we find ourselves more at peace. We become more conscious and aware. These small changes add to the positive energy of the world and the larger cosmos. I encourage you to give it a try. It will make a positive difference in your life.

 
Check out my most recent books - the evolutionary love-in-action novel - The Mystic Paradigm – and the conscious living guidebook - 30 Steps to Conscious Living.

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Want to live a more conscious and meaningful life?  Please check out one of my useful guidebooks on conscious living.



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Interested in being part of a conscious living educational center & community? Please check out my new project - Cascadia Educational Project


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