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!

1,315 thoughts on “To Rush or Not to Rush: That is the Question

  1. i’ve had a couple of super busy weeks and a few of those days anxious rush was very much present. I allowed myself to feel how awful it felt in the body. As when I allow myself to feel that, as lovingly as I can (as in being a good friend to my body and asking how it feels and actually being open to the answer), then I can choose differently. And that choice can simply be to acknowledge how that feels, go for a short walk to connect back to my body, breath gently and then go back to what I am doing in a more connected, less rushy way.

  2. As I read you blog Anne I realised that when I am rushing I literally feel like a steam train is pushing me from behind – this is obviously something I need to ponder on.

  3. “I have also observed that my shoulders rise up and my cheeks, eyes, eyebrow centre and jaw tighten when I am rushing ”
    The body is so wonderful it always lets one know when we are putting it under stress.

  4. Great little blog Anne, really explaining the difference between getting ahead of ourself and moving with our self. To be or not to be this is indeed the question covered beautifully by to “To Rush or Not to Rush”

  5. When I rush I usually make mistakes or knock into something or something goes wrong and flags up the disharmony of the rush! Not rushing doesn’t necessarily mean going slower, in fact it often makes me more efficient, but the main part is the way I’m doing what I am is harmonious rather than rushed and that makes a difference.

  6. There is a huge difference when we understand something in our bodies as opposed to from our minds. We truly get it’s impact we feel it in our bodies and we’re presented with a real choice on whether we want to be that way or not?

  7. Rushing is a way to not stop and truly feel what is going on,I have noticed how much I am holding my breath now when I go into rush mode. When I notice this I can stop and come back to my gentle breath and feel in that moment.

  8. I used to rush a lot but have learned to slow down, stay connected with my body and stay aware of what is happening in my body. The difference this makes is remarkable as you share here Anne. Today the feeling of disconnection and the associated ‘rush’ is a rarity thankfully and with awareness, I am able to reconnect much more quickly.

  9. “It feels delicious when I am not rushing.” Rushing is a way to keep us apart from the sacredness of our inner stillness.

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