What The Bible And Jeff Goins Taught Me

Zechariah Newman —  October 10, 2013 — 5 Comments

Earlier I wrote about slowing down to see hinge moments. This post is also about slowing down, but more to slow down and enjoy life. I recently participated in Jeff Goin’s Slow Down Challenge. Each day was a new challenge of slowing down and enjoying life. Things like take a 15 minute walk and really look around and examine what you see. It made me realize even more about something I already knew. I rush through life missing the very things that make life so magical. Things like the hills out my back door, my smiling kids, sunrises, and birds chirping. When did I start to tune it all out? When did the wonder of everything go away? I think we all rush through life missing the very fabric of what creates an excellent life. Always on to the next project, goal, and accolades. I wrote about how we should operate in life. This is dedicated to the enjoyment of life; to the sweetness of things we take for granted. These 4 things help me to embrace the moment.



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1. Breath. Slow breaths in and out bring me back into the moment. Most breaths are shallow. Bring the breath all the way down to your belly. When you breathe full breaths, you will see that everything including you slows down.

Mathew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

2. Thank God. To me this is one of the most powerful things we can do. Start verbalizing what you are thankful for. If I am not intentional to thank God, He can get only my complaints and my wants. What we are lacking is obvious to us. We want something so bad we make it a need. What we have pleaded with God for, we now take for granted. Stop and Praise Him like the day He gave it to you. (Tweet it) What is it for you? A spouse, kids, a job, house, your health. These are just a few things for me. Thank Him today.

Isaiah 40:26″ Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing.”

3. Go for a walk. Walks are great as they help me to put the stress of the day behind me. Walks help me to refocus on this moment in time, not the past and not tomorrow. Relaxing through light exercise is great and calms me every time. While you walk look for seemingly small things. Light reflection, kids playing, nature; things you walk by and ignore most of the time.

“All walking is discovery.  On foot we take the time to see things whole.”~ Hal Borland

4. Don’t multitask. People much smarter than myself have done studies proving multitasking is a myth. Our brains switch back and forth between tasks. Sometimes very quickly to have the appearance as if we are doing multiple things at the same time. Focus on one thing. Be all in the moment and don’t jump in and out of tasks and moments.

These things help me to enjoy the small things that God has created. If “I don’t have time” comes out of your mouth too much, it may be time to drop something. Productivity comes from doing a few things well and not a lot of things rushed and hurried. I hope this helps you to enjoy the journey of this crazy life. Be blessed on the journey.

How do you slow down to enjoy life?

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  • so Zech were these revolutionary ideas or just an encouragement to keep doing what you’re doing or to revisit things that you let slide? Breathing makes me think of mystics, new age suckers, buddhists, and mother nature lovers. Nothing wrong with breathing but the verse you reference has nothing to do with breathing and everything to do with a deep confident trust in a creator God who holds you in the palm of his hand and will never let anything happen to me that he didnt allow or control. He isn’t gambling with my life.

    Breathing ddnt teach me that— trusting God more did. Breathing exercises didnt help me trust GOd more and relieve my stress…seeing GOd as ultimate and satisfying did.

    Instaed of encouraging breathing….I would encourage thinking and thinking deeply. Breathing feels more like a symptom of something much deeper. If you enjoy being in the shallow end and wrestling with symptoms Goins sounds like he had some insights 🙂 Great thoughts though dude I look forward to more ideas and how this challenge hits you.

    • Thanks for reading and leaving a comment David. No these are not revolutionary ideas just a reminder to slow down. Which is the point of the post. Breathing slows your body. Not something mystic though I get what you are saying. The verse was a reference towards the trust and provision of God which ties in to thanking God which was the next point.

  • Great thoughts here! We all would benefit from learning the discipline of slowing down. I try and spend a few minutes in the morning or while driving to work to think and reflect. It allows me to clear my mind and plan for the day. I also enjoy taking walks at the beach (I live in San Diego CA and about 10 minutes away from the beach), walks really allow me to slow down.

    • Thanks Dan. I need to be reminded to slow down often. We all have strengths and weaknesses. I’m very type A and need to be reminded to slow down. Thanks for your comments and I love your blog:)

      • Glad to comment on your blog. I’m the same way, and need to force myself to slow down. I’m loving your blog as well.