Last week, one of my wonderful yoga instructors closed out an incredible class with the poem Walk Slowly by Danna Faulds.
My eyes were still closed from shavasana, and each successive word seemed to find its way deep within me, resonating a teeny bit more than the last. The lines are built around concepts that we’ve touched upon right here on this blog many times before: Slow it down. Take a breath. Be kind to yourself. Enjoy every big beautiful moment of the life you live.
I love the power this poem holds, yet how it’s done with such simplicity. After hearing it just once, I’ve found certain portions echoing in my head on multiple occasions. I just knew I had to share it with you. We, in this life, have a lot to be thankful for. Take a moment to slow it down. Enjoy.
It only takes a reminder to breathe,
a moment to be still, and just like that,
something in me settles, softens, makes
space for imperfection. The harsh voice
of judgment drops to a whisper and I
remember again that life isn’t a relay
race; that we will all cross the finish
line; that waking up to life is what we
were born for. As many times as I
forget, catch myself charging forward
without even knowing where I’m going,
that many times I can make the choice
to stop, to breathe, and be, and walk
slowly into the mystery.