To Rush or Not to Rush: That is the Question

Recently, in a session with an Esoteric Healing practitioner, I was asked the question: “What would it feel like to not have the rush in your body?”

This simple question has changed my life because I knew the answer was – it feels delicious when I am not rushing.

I can feel a deep stillness and glow inside my body, which is hard to describe – it is the same feeling I get when I am being a ‘starfish,’ simply lying on my back in the sea or a lake, feeling the support of the water all around me and the sky above me.

I feel expanded, as if the molecules in my body are reaching out and joining with the molecules in the water and the particles in the sky. Writing this, I now understand that this feeling is a feeling of connection to the All –to God, to Nature, to all people and indeed to the whole Universe.

So I asked my self: “What does it feel like to have the rush in my body?”

Answer: It feels really horrible inside my body. It feels like I am on a roller coaster that never stops, such that I am in a constant state of ‘alert’. I have had this feeling inside my body for so long that I hadn’t even realised it was there – it is like a faint, almost imperceptible, underlying ‘buzz’.

Indeed, it was not until I consciously took my awareness to it, by asking myself this question many times during the day, that I understood that it was there most of the time… and that it feels so very unloving, un-joyful and the very opposite of expansive: rather, it feels like I am disconnected from everything around me, as if I am sitting to one side, watching the rest of the world go by, all alone with this constant, low-grade anxiety and tension.

Knowing the difference between the two is a revelation.

Now, during the day, whenever I can feel I am going into ‘rush,’ I stop and feel the effect this is having inside my body – and then I re-connect to my gentle breath and to my stillness, my be-ingness. In short, I choose to come back to me.

The difference this simple thing has made to my life is nothing short of amazing. For example, I have noticed that I often hold my breath when I am rushing, or breathe more quickly and more up in my chest, and very often I am not aware of my breath at all! When I am still, I am more connected to my breath and I have noticed that I breathe more evenly and my breaths are longer, deeper and gentle.

I can feel the gentle rise and fall of my body when I breathe this way, especially around my ribs. I have also observed that my shoulders rise up and my cheeks, eyes, eyebrow centre and jaw tighten when I am rushing and I feel a lot of tension in other muscles, such as my belly, lower back, neck and buttocks. When I am still, my muscles are relaxed, my jaw drops and my face softens.

This has become a great indicator for me, such that when I feel any of these signs of tension, I stop, drop back into my body and re-connect to how my body feels without the tension and rush.

Simple really – it is just a choice in each and every moment.

With deeply felt thanks and appreciation to Ingrid Ward, an Esoteric Healing practitioner, for framing the ‘rush’ in such a way that I felt it and understood it in my body, rather than just knowing it in my mind.

By Anne Scott, Accredited Mediator, Yoga Teacher, Exercise Instructor, Esoteric Healing Practitioner, Auckland, New Zealand

Further Reading:
Your Body Tells The truth
Time: How I Changed My Relationship With The Invisible Tyrant
How to Study Without Stress…Yes!

1,301 thoughts on “To Rush or Not to Rush: That is the Question

  1. Following the fish metaphor, when there is no rush in the body it is easy to feel the contours of the body while moving as different but continuous from what lies beyond, yet when rush kicks in, they blur because the whole body goes into blurring mood. There is a change in the way we register us and the world.

  2. I agree it feels horrible to have rush in my body. Not eating stimulating or sugary food has also made a huge difference in bringing more stillness to my body and vastly reducing my past tendency to rush.

    1. Yes, that’s a really good point I had not made the link but when I eat stimulating food I definitely rush more.

  3. “What would it feel like to not have the rush in your body?” This question stopped me in my tracks because I know the answer yet I consistently choose to have rush.

    1. There is a part of us, the human spirit, that likes to go fast so that we skips bits and therefore it is not brought into our human consciousness the quality of breath we are choosing to breathe. That is, we think that by rushing we can dodge the responsibility we each have in every moment to move in harmony with all in this great pool of life we live within.

    2. I stopped for a moment reading how you had stopped Nikki and then noticed there is a ‘sh’ in rush… and that kind of lengthened as I took a breath so it was ‘sssh’…. and there we have it the slowdown / brakes are already there within the word 😉

  4. Bringing a focus on awareness throughout the day has made me realised just how much of my day I spend in a rush… nearly all of it. It feels challenging sometimes to turn this around; I have to make a conscious effort to keep stopping and being aware of how my body is feeling, and bringing myself back into my body after my mind has raced ahead – but it is so worth it, because of the space and stillness that I feel, every time I do this, and it gets easier the more I practice it.

  5. “I have had this feeling inside my body for so long that I hadn’t even realised it was there”. This is the power of Universal Medicine modalities – that they offer you the opportunity to see what is running in your body and how that feels. But you need to connect to the ‘starfish’ first – to the stillness and harmony that naturally operates our body – to then look out from that point and feel the other. Then we can realise what has been operating in our bodies. The stillness or the XYZ (insert rush, anxiety, drive etc…).

  6. “What does it feel like to have the rush in my body?” such an awesome question Anne, I know for many years I lived with a rushed feeling, I would use nervous energy to get up in the mornings and to get things done. This sometimes still creeps in but overall is million miles away from the racy self I used to be 6 years ago.

  7. Rush is a movement inside our body that invites us to move in a certain way with our physical body as well. This is why stillness is so needed as a foundation to move in a different way; in a way that brings wellness to us.

  8. I get the feeling when I work and I’m not rushing people get the impression I’m not working hard. To dismantle the ‘rush’ we must clearly identify it as a coping mechanism rushing than a standard way to operate.

    1. Yes Luke, I’ve noticed that too. Its as if people think you cant be working hard enough if you are not stressed and rushing around. I actually find I am more productive when I am not rushing.

  9. I used to be the queen of rush not realising that being in this perpetual state of motion was actually harming my body in so many ways; but not having a marker as to how it was being harmed I just kept on rushing. It has taken a few years and bringing increased awareness to my body and my care of it, but these days I am more often than not able to identify that I have gone into rush mode as it feels so horrible right through my body. And what I have also learned is that if I do rush it always seems to take longer to complete what I am doing, than when I simply allow myself the time and space to do so.

  10. I have noticed when I feel that rush in the body I often want to eat, and if I do eat in a rush it simply amplifies the rush – a bit of a never ending cycle.

  11. I really dislike rushing because when I do it takes the whole of my body out of rhythm, it feels as if I am being swept along faster than I can cope and as soon as I rush with one thing, I rush with the next until I remember to stop and breathe, and stop the rush from driving me on.

  12. If we want to sabotage ourselves rushing is a useful tool, but why would we want to sabotage ourselves out of that glorious feeling of being part of a one flow? It makes no sense but yet I still find myself at times doing just that.

  13. It’s interesting that you felt the rush resulted in you feeling like you were disconnected to everything around you. Maybe rushing is at times for some people used as a tool to disconnect so they don’t have to feel everything that is happening around them.

    1. Definitely rushing is a way of not meeting oneself or people, a kind of protection by doing, a distraction from feeling and being present and although we may feel like being a victim to what makes us rush it nevertheless is a choice.

  14. Anne the simplicity of what you share is deeply profound. I love the tools you have given yourself to come back and get out of the rush a great inspiration for us all.

  15. To be or to rush, it can be either or but never can rushing allow us to simply be who we are as it is motivated by something we are not.

  16. ‘What would it feel like if …?’ There are so many ‘ifs’ for us to ponder on, some big, some small and some immense. What would it feel like if we all realised and appreciated the Divine essence of who we truly are and that rushing is just one of the ways we use to delay our return to knowing our true selves as a Son of God.

  17. It also makes one think about why we rush around when we don’t really like it. I would guess that when we don’t we get to feel a lot more and that can be unpleasant sometimes to feel what is really going on all around us.

  18. Thank you for writing this Anne, I am finding it very supportive with working on my age old tension in my body. I seem to be able to easily find ways to distract myself and continue to allow the tension instead of stopping and feeling. But as you say it feels so delicious when I do stop and come back to me.

  19. Rush is the blanket that I wrap myself in to protect myself from all the other bad things I think might get me out there, like disspoinment, or jealously. If I am rushing, I am no threat, I am a mess, in that I am safe. It reminds me of looking at somone that is over weight, you can feel they use the weight as a protection, a way to keep others out and a way to stop other from hurting them.

    Well rush and aniexty for me are very similar to this. I am very blessed to have read such a simple and supportive blog to assist in shifting this comfort.

    1. Thank you Sarah.. I hadn’t seen it quite like that before – as a safety blanket that keeps others away, and to not have to feel. Rushing disconnects us from the body and leaves dull and numb so we can’t feel what’s going on around us and respond appropriately.

  20. I have found the real revelation in feeling the raciness in my body is to stop and explore the purpose in every moment and from there my next choice will determine my next movement to be either from stillness or raciness. I love the simplicity and exploration our movements allow us. Thank you Anne.

  21. WOW a great one for I would say absolutely everyone to ponder on “What would it feel like to not have the rush in your body?” If we were truly honest I would say everyone would have an ‘underlying buzz’ within their body .. even those that thought they were the calmest of people! And foods like coffee, sugar etc certainly do not support us to connect with the innate stillness within but instead accelerate the ‘rush’ within the body. What you share here is gold in that we can stop the rush within our body in an instant, it is just first to have the awareness of this and feel that this is happening and then to make the choice to come back to the truth of who we are … let go of the rush, tension, anxiety in our body.

  22. Bringing in a stop moment and asking myself, am I being responsible here, is quite an effective little exercise that I have been doing lately. I am really feeling the absolute love within responsibility and how absolutely amazing it feels to choose to stay with my body and move in a way that supports my purpose to stay on track.

  23. When we rush it feels like everything is faster, more heightened and emotional. You don’t feel fully present and connected to what you are doing because you are just rushing to get it done. But when we feel the solidness of our presence and a solid connection to what we do I agree Anne, it does indeed feel quite delicious and fulfilling.

  24. When I choose rush mode I put my body into a stressed state which adds complications to my day and prevents me from being in the flow of life and all the joy which that brings.

  25. Body is first, mind is second. Hence we can become very sick from all the energy we allow in our body, whilst thinking we are doing great, okay or worry. Thanks to Serge Benhayon I and many thousands of people are inspired to become aware of the fact that all is energy and that we are a vehicle where energy comes through every second of the day. Hence we should consider the energy we choose at all times.

  26. Today I am going to focus on my breath – as I notice I often forget about myself – everything outside of me becomes my main focus – rather than my body and feelings first – then what I see. Sometimes I can think I haven’t even been aware of my breath today. This is going to be my fun science experiment for today.

  27. I also have been playing with this notion, to rush or not to rush. I definitely know what it feels like in my body when I rush, put pressure on myself (that usually no one else is but me) to get things done, in a timeframe that tends to not be in line with how I feel. As a result, my body always suffers. So more and more I have been learning to take my time, not to be slow in what I do, but to allow for time to do things so not to put my body under stress or rushing. It really feels a lot more honouring.

  28. This brings up a lot for me. I used to rush just to rush – people always thought I was in a hurry and I thought that meant I looked like I worked hard. But wow what a false foundation that was! Now I am supported to see that my choice to rush and also leave things to the last minute is a great setup to put my body into a tension that I used to relieve with food or drink. It was a long pattern that still tries to come up today. But in that I now have an opportunity to stop connect and know that the rush
    Is just a setup for me to not feel.

    1. Great point HM. I find myself rushing just to keep up appearances but it’s such a false and manipulative way to move. Rushing actually reduces the quality of my work.

  29. Today I caught myself rushing home. My hands were also cold. I stopped on the pavement and took time to put my gloves on. I then took a breath and made a conscious choice to start walking again with more focus on my feet and release the tightness I could feel in my body. It was like I had pressed a reset button. Rushing used to be my modus operandi, but these days I am aware of how uncomfortable it feels.

  30. Thank you for sharing Anne, it is powerful when we choose to live from our bodies first living from an impulse of what is actually needed at that time rather than from knowledge from the head that dictates what ‘s to be done according to expectations far from the truth.

  31. Lately I have become very aware of the tension in my face when I am not with myself . My eyes blink more than normal, my tongue is up to my palate, my chin feels tense. It feels so lovely to let that go and feel the openness of my face just by bringing my loving attention to every part of my face.

  32. I love this Anne. I was aware of a huge amount of tension in my jaw when I went to sleep last night. I can see now that this is simply the end result of a day lived in a rush. I choose to numb myself to the way my body feels during the day then I pay for it when I stop. This shows me why I avoid stopping in the first place.

  33. I love the awareness you have brought to your body to expose the effect of running it in the energy of rushing. It is amazing how harmful it can be when we allow ourselves to be controlled by the tension that moves you through life … instead of surrendering to the stillness that lies within and being supported to get things done in the natural flow of things.

  34. I used to rush around a. lot. but rushing actually makes me feel very agitated (and deliberately so)! When I find this feeling creeping back in I catch it and know that I don’t actually need to rush, I can choose to pay attention to what I’m doing and focus on my body and movements, learning that being present with myself is what allows the space ..and no need to rush.

  35. Great question and one I feel we should all ask “What would it feel like to not have the rush in your body?” To even acknowledge we have a rush going on in our body including anxiety, nervous tension etc is the start of true healing, because as soon as we acknowledge it we are aware and when we are aware we can start to heal.

  36. In the past, I would normally leave the house in a rush, and other than feeling awful in my body it set the momentum for the rest of the day leaving me feeling exhausted by the end. As part of my daily rhythm now before I leave the house I sit for approximately 10 mins and take that quality with me throughout the day moving with the flow and not rushing! this has made a huge difference in my life.

  37. A rushing feeling in the body is not pleasant I totally agree, particularly in contrast to the gorgeous stillness that is otherwise there. Before coming across Universal Medicine I didn’t have a close enough relationship with my body and how it was really feeling to be able to say that. And the modalities taught through UM were key in supporting me to develop that awareness.

  38. Yes I too have found that rushing leaves me feeling anxious and tight in my body and now enjoy paying more attention to my breathing and this has been a great indicator of wether I am going into a state of rush or if I am steady and still from the quality of my breathing. A simple tool but oh so helpful.

  39. “In short, I choose to come back to me.”

    In reading this and your descriptions of choosing the quality of breath, I did this too. Thank you.

  40. Rush feels like agitation to my body. It’s a stirring that takes me away from where I am and what I am engaged with. I notice there are quite a few beliefs and ideals society holds that seem to make rushing a necessary part of life – but that is so not true. Coming back to the intelligence I can connect within and through my body is something I am working on right now.

  41. In those moments when I am genuinely not rushing, it does feel absolutely great. I say genuinely because on the outside I can look like I’m not rushing but my insides are going really fast. I can catch myself in rushing mode doing the simplest of things because I’m always wanting to get onto the next thing. My idea is that when I have finished everything then I can rest. This way of operating has left me really exhausted in the past so I am working on being aware of what my body is feeling like and not getting ahead of myself in my mind.

  42. This for me beautifully highlights how valuable it is to develop a loving and honouring relationship with our bodies. As though our bodies we can know every choice we make, if it loving or not, and as such have the awareness to wisely choose what our next move will be and with what quality we will move in.

  43. An important part in addressing and healing ‘the rush’ is, as you’ve shared Anna, clocking just what this does to our body… If we’re used to that raciness and drive, then rushing can feel totally fine and totally normal.

    1. It’s true Susie -and if we make it about the body then we are less likely to go into self-critiscism and give ourselves a hard time, which are all traits of the mind.

    2. Well said Susie, bringing more moments of stillness into our body is a great way to offer markers to then feel the difference.

  44. There is a stark difference between the stillness and the raciness of the rush, which I am more than familiar with. When I first started doing the gentle breath meditation I discovered that my awareness of what is happening within my body became clearer, and I could feel this rocking inside which would lessen. At the time I thought it was normal to have this rocking inside but have since learnt that it a disturbance within the body and that it is far from healthy to run the body like this.

  45. The funny thing about a “rush” is that it will never tell you it’s there or give you a warning it’s coming. In other words the only way to catch it out is to build a true relationship with your body and how you feel. I remember and still know a “rush” when I feel it, do I always stop when it’s there, well no I don’t. This is why for me just knowing a “rush” doesn’t mean it won’t return or you still aren’t doing it. On one level you may have nailed the part that obvious but how did it come to be in the first place? Did you wake one morning and just start rushing? Or was there a subtle wind up that remained hidden until one day you are rushing to a more extreme level. There is always a deeper layer or a deeper level to know yourself and how the world works. At times when you stop the ‘rush’ it seems so obvious where you stand what was going on and it’s great and worth while to appreciate that and then also to look where to go next and not just be happy with that part. As has been said “rush” doesn’t turn up on your doorstep and knock on the door, there is an ever changing subtlety to it.

  46. I would guess loads of working Mums live in permanent rush, and that rush is like a bank robber of the presence they want with their family.

  47. A truly supportive blog for everyone because this plague of rush, rush, rush, syndrome affects us all until we become aware of it and just how yucky it feels in the body and all the tension it creates. It was such an ingrained pattern of mine and still it tries to creep into my day, but these days, I spot it sooner and change my movements.

  48. Often, the most simple questions are the most empowering and profound. Why? Because the body does not speak in riddles or a foreign language, we are actually fluent and understand it’s communications effortlessly – it’s just a matter of choosing to be aware and a stop moment, or asking a simple question can deliver space to feel this communication more clearly. It’s not that the body doesn’t communicate clearly, it’s that we put stuff in the way and ofter override the communication with our mind.

  49. Rushing is I would say normal in our society, it is a feeling we get used to and it seems to be fine as everyone is doing it but as you say Anne it feels really horrible in our body. When we start to make more self loving choices in our daily lives, we start to be honest about how patterns feel in our body and by becoming aware how the body feels we can choose to reconnect and come back to ourselves, one with the all.

  50. “What does it feel like to have the rush in my body?” This is a question I will be asking myself as I go through my day, as I feel there may very well be a constant low grade rush in my body that I need to bring more consciously to my awareness in order to know and feel the extent of the disharmony I am creating within my body.

  51. It is those moments that we connect to the stillness within that need to be deeply appreciated and confirmed in our bodies in order to create a new marker which then becomes a new normal way of being.

  52. When I don’t rush I have such a great awareness of my surroundings and the people around me.

  53. When I understand something in my mind maybe a little bit changes in my life, but nothing compared to when I understand something in my body, when I feel the impact of what is being chosen. There is a greater chance of changing when I allow myself to feel and understand life from my body than to know I need to change from my head. For example when stressed I go for salty foods, my mind says you shouldn’t eat that while I grab another piece of bacon and carry on. If I stop and feel the hardness in my arms before, during and a long time after eating it then makes me stop and consider next time around ‘Do I want to repeat that experience?’ no judging or pushing to change, only the space to know that I can choose differently.

  54. In my experience rushing doesn’t achieve anything but to make my body feel horrible, not just in the moment/s of rushing but for a long time afterward I have stopped. I know now that I may have stopped, as in sat or laid down, but inside of me every single particle is still ‘rushing’ and it usually takes a very long time to finally come to a halt. Of course if I am always rushing there is a huge probability that the internal rush, that eternal vibration, never stops and as a result my body will eventually begin to suffer the consequences in the form of exhaustion, illness or injury.

  55. I love this blog Anne. The physical consequences of rushing are so obvious to me now but hard to feel when ‘in a rush’ as the rush always disconnects me from my body. If I’m not feeling great it is very helpful to bring my awareness to my body as it is always giving me feedback about the way I am living and what I need to do to truly support myself.

  56. Anne, I relate to this a lot and It is great to have this marker in my body that whenever I feel rushing in my body it is an indication I am checking out and simply need to stop and reconnect to that which is true within me and let go of that which is not and only gets in the way of my full expression.

  57. We often go into the rush energy when we have a lot to do which is really an illusion I find, when I rush I am more likely to make mistakes or do a sloppy job that ends up requiring more time. When I chose to not rush in anyway I bring a different quality and flow and interestingly there is always enough space for everything to complete without feeling rushed or pressured in anyway.

  58. I agree Anne, rushing feels horrible in my body too and the more responsibility I embrace in my life to be consistent with my movements and not check out the more it seems to be something from the past, this is definitely worth appreciating!

  59. Yes, to rush or not to rush ‘it is just a choice in each and every moment’. It’s a choice, not something that happens to me, coming from nowhere or as a response to something external. It’s an attitude that begins inside of me.

  60. Yes when we have a marker of tenderness in our body it is easy to notice tension and rush – then it also becomes so much easier to say ‘I actually don’t like this rush feeling’ and make a choice to change it. Therefore it is so important to know stillness and tenderness otherwise we can be on a treadmill of rush and tension without really noticing the impact on our bodies, us.

  61. Our body knows it all – our mind only knows the limited part. Listening to our whole of our body is then a much wiser choice. Whenever we slip we get ourselves back up.

  62. I claim that I don’t like rushing but there must be a part of me that loves it, or else why would I keep doing it? Staying in that state of rush means that I don’t have to feel the tension that I’m running with, and don’t have to feel the stillness that is naturally part of me, within me. It’s a game of reductionism that only starts to shift when I see myself as the one perpetuating the rush and not as the victim of it.

    1. So true Bryony owning up to the fact that it is my choice to rush around on a regular basis and understanding the pay off for me is the only way to shift this pattern. The tension that causes all my nerve endings to jangle means that I am blocking any possibility of expansiveness and connection to the universe and my part in the Plan. Shirking my responsibility to my purpose also adds to the tension in my body so it is a lose/lose pattern that I have had on repeat for lifetimes.

    2. Sometimes we keep doing something because we don’t think we can get things done without it. But once we give ourselves a chance to experiment with another way, in this case, not rushing, we get to feel the appreciation coming back to us from our body, the ease and flow it supports and we start to realise we do indeed have a choice.

  63. A rush is an absolute bomb inside our body that is constantly sending out toxins before it releases the beast in full. It is a way of deeply harming oneself or another – as it goes in every way and angle against the natural flow (stillness) that our body exists out of. Hence people get so sick – physically, mentally and physiologically from stress. Which is simply a contrast of who we are — who we truly need to be. Simply said indeed , it is our choice, now we re-known back again that it always was.

  64. With this inner rush and haste we can be running a marathon while siting on a chair at our desk – and many of us do this every day and several times a day if not continually. No wonder there is a worldwide exhaustion pandemic!

  65. I am learning more and more to stay in my own rhythm. As I do this it becomes more and more obvious when I am in the energy of rush. It stands out like a sore thumb. And I can feel the effects of it in my body long afterwards. Being in rush energy does not contribute to things getting done faster, in fact it causes delay because we then have to deal with the effects of the rushing in order to move forward. Staying steady in our own rhythm allows things to get done in their natural time in a natural flow, and in a way that does not do any damage to ourselves or those around us.

  66. When I go into rushing I leave myself behind and as the tension in my body builds as everything contracts it requires much more energy to achieve an outcome so the end result is exhaustion. The more I build a foundation of stillness in my day the more any rushing is highlighted for me to examine the choices that led me to believe that rushing was the only option.

  67. As a master rusher in the past, learning to move with stillness has made a huge difference to my life. No perfection, but it is so obvious to feel the difference between the two ways of being in my body. I now notice it is when I type that I rush – and it takes even longer because I have to amend the typos!

  68. A good question to ask every day, every moment – what does it feel like not to rush? I know the difference as a qualitative fact in my body. The difference between a smooth easy walk and a clipped rushed one when I go the same distance and more or less it takes the same amount of time. Always my choice and the impact on the body is completely different between the two.

    1. That’s a great point Simon – when we rush our movements are totally changed and no longer our true way of moving. It becomes mentally driven because it’s about time, what we need to do and how long we have to do it.

  69. Rushing is something that I could say I had a Phd in, it was just my way of getting around. I would also at times only start to get ready for work in the mornings, even when I had loads of time, so that I was rushing in the end. A lot of the time I wasn’t even aware that that is what I did, but I soon realised this was a pattern to keep me rushing. Being able to recognise this pattern was huge and I am constantly reminded each day if I do go into rushing as it impacts on my body.

  70. I could connect to your description of being a starfish, simply floating in the sea, feeling at ease with no worries, anxiety or doubt. I used to think I could only feel that way when on holiday or when relaxing; certainly not when at work on a busy day, but actually using the Gentle Breath Meditation has enabled me to connect to a quality within that is with me always, so I can have access to it any time.

  71. It is so great to become aware of the physiological changes that certain movements bring to the body. Rushing certainly changes everything and being aware allow us the next moment to be different in movement. The Gentle Breath Meditation is a great tool for this correction.

  72. I can so relate to living with rush in my body, it has been a consistent re-imprinting for me to learn to live without rush. Knowing that it is I who has the choice to chose rush or not has been a powerful tool in coming back to stillness within.

  73. We create a cycle of exhaustion when we go into rush/panic mode because we are letting our nervous system run the show instead of our heart. When the nervous system is in the drivers seat we are at the whims of the ups and downs because it cannot be sustained and we end up very tired and THEN need more nervous system activity to boost our energy – thus the cycle.

  74. We rush around trying to get things done but at what cost to our body and well being. No-one feels better after they have rushed around.

  75. Rush mode is great if we are being chased by a lion but not so when we are walking to the photocopier machine at work, for example. If we are over-using our nervous system to get ordinary tasks done what impact will this have on our bodies long-term?

    1. I like your example Brendan. So very true and it makes it very clear how we are overtaxing our body’s system with no good reason all the time.

  76. Reading your blog made me want to be a starfish in water just floating on my back and surrendering to the love within! Well I guess I can surrender to the love within without being a starfish especially at 8pm when I am at home with no water in sight! I felt this today … the rush after coming out of training and walking in town I noticed how I started to feel busy and mirror what I was feeling from others around me, not truly staying with me and my body and the pace of my walk. Great to notice because as soon as we notice things like this we can change them and come back to ourselves and what we know to be true.

  77. A great question for people to ask themselves, and allow themselves to feel the answer, I know I used to hate the feeling of rush in my body, and now that I frequently stop that energy, I agree, it feels much more delicious to not rush, ‘What would it feel like to not have the rush in your body?”

  78. Gorgeous blog Anne, thank you for sharing your experience and wisdom. I can easily go into rush at times and I can feel the tension and stress in my body, and not only that it puts stress on people around me as well. It is an awful way to move, express and respond which I am learning to let go of and learning to not choose to rush but to stay connected, allow space to expand instead of contracting and shrinking.

  79. Rushing makes us feel anxious, tense and tight.. so why do we keep doing it? I used to live like this all of the time and so rushing didn’t really stand out as making me feel more anxious than I already was. It was only when I started to be a bit more still, and stop rushing, that now whenever I do rush it sends me back into that anxious spin. Knowing that it’s up to me whether I choose to create rush or not, means it’s up to me to make sure that I prepare and leave enough time for everything, which in turn means that I feel less stressed, and more in the flow of life instead of anxiously feeling out of control.

  80. When we rush we are owned by life, when we move in our own rhythm we own ourselves, i.e. we are masters of life and no longer defined by life.

  81. I like what Alex above shares with his comment, when we rush we are owned by life, it certainly feels like we are owned and so lose our connection with self, never a wise choice.

  82. An awareness of the body, real discernment, can offer us the eye-opener to true acceptance of information. Because once we feel something in our body, we can own it and embody the truth of it. Thereafter, it’s all a choice. Our choice. We can choose to rush, knowing and feeling the impact on our bodies, or we can choose differently.

  83. I enjoy re-reading this blog many times – a beautiful and powerful reminder of how much rush and tension used to be the only way of living I knew and I am now deeply appreciating the huge roller coaster that was exposed and through making different choices in my daily living, this disharmonious energy is rarely felt in my body nowadays,
    “It feels like I am on a roller coaster that never stops, such that I am in a constant state of ‘alert’”

  84. I just love the feeling of spaciousness when I allow myself the grace of not rushing. I plan every journey now with enough space so I don’t have to rush, even if I get held up. It is delicious.

    1. Beautifully said Lucy, to not jump onto the rush train allows one to see and feel more of what there is in every moment, and this is truly delicious.

  85. Rushing makes time go faster and breeds mistakes; rushing kills the very time we are trying to beat and have more of; rushing is an assault on the body.

  86. I’m becoming more aware of all those moments when I get up to do something in a rush rather than moving in my own time giving myself the space needed.

  87. It does feel gorgeous to not rush, I know I am looking after my body when I am not in a rush and I love it when thing flow with ease and stillness. The quality of everything I do in stillness and connection is exquisite.

    1. it is so true Chan – beautifully said. When we stay with ourselves, every move we make is enriched with a quality of presence that is exquisite, and confirms that we don’t need to be anywhere else, as in being with who we are we are with everything.

  88. It’s a great description of rushing, I can relate. It definitely hardens the body and creates tension and strain, I’m sure over a long time it could have a significant affect physiologically and on the musculoskeletal system. It’s interesting what you shared about rushing making you feel cut off form the expansiveness and connection to the all, I’ve noticed emotions like anger do that too.

  89. There is a vast difference between the two ways of being, one is innate and natural, the other, as our body will reveal to us, is not. We are constantly breathing throughout the day, but how often are we in connection with the movement that reveals the quality of energy we are choosing to move with. As I have discovered that the more I am connected to my breath, the more I am in connection to my being, and my body is a constant guide to the quality I am living in every moment, if I am willing to listen.

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