Slow Down

Originally Posted on September 3, 2015


"Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why."  -Eddie Cantor


I have learned many important lessons in the last year of my life.  One of the most important lessons is to slow down and take time to really enjoy this life.  So often we find ourselves rushing through our days, from one appointment to the next.  There is never enough time and there is always a list of things to do that we never quite finish.  We believe the more we do, the more we will get done.  But what if the opposite is true, what if we accomplish more by doing less?  Sounds nice right?

Well, that is exactly what I have discovered over the past few months.  I started my Shine Light Journey nearly two months ago.  I heading to Chicago to see old college friends, Indiana to visit my brother, Kentucky to celebrate my sister’s birthday, Tennessee to see good friends and Texas to reconnect with friends I hadn’t seen in over 6 years.  It was great to see all of these beautiful faces and have inspiring conversations with all.  But when I got to Colorado something shifted.  I realized I needed to slow down, get grounded and focus a little more on myself.  I visited my best friend and then spent a week camping in the backcountry.  Serendipitously, I found my way to Valley View Hot Springs, nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains overlooking the San Juan Valley.  I took on a volunteer position as the Discovery Host in exchange for a beautiful place to call home for a few weeks.  

Here, I have been able to slow down.  I get up early, do my morning meditation and prayers.  I enjoy an outdoor yoga practice and a soak in the hot springs.  Every morning I find time to turn to the rising sun and in the evenings, I make sure to enjoy the sunset.  I have stop worrying about deadlines, timelines, appointments and dates.  I have learned to be present in this moment and not rush to get to the next.  It is one of the most healing places I have found on this journey and I am blessed to be here.  Somehow, slowing down, reconnecting with nature and taking the time to be present seems like healing to me.  It has helped me to reconnect with my purpose, to focus on what’s most important and let go of the rest.   To me, this is a healing environment, much more than a hospital could ever provide.

With Love and Light, Courtney