Updated: Dec 12, 2022
by Wendy Rodriguez, M.A.
Slowing down and engaging in mindfulness can be a tricky thing to learn. Living in a capitalist society (and being children or grandchildren of immigrants) instills in us the idea that we need to be constantly moving, constantly doing.
In my work with WOC and minorities looking to break generational cycles and heal generational wounds, slowing down can be transformative and The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim is the very book I recommend to get them started.
This is the book you need if you are in that journey too. It’s not just about how to slow down and be calm in a busy world. It’s about how to live your life intentionally and be the most balanced version of yourself. It covers eight areas of your life, including love and spirituality. It is because of it's holistic approach that I love this book.
Don’t struggle to heal your wounds. Just pour time into your heart and wait. When your wounds are ready, they will heal on their own.
Each chapter begins with Haemin’s thoughts and reflections on each subject, usually involving a story. Each story is then followed by bite-size paragraphs of life advice and words of wisdom. Rather than forcefully telling you what to do, these words encourage you to question, reflect and ponder, something I personally really appreciated.
It aligns so well with the journey of therapy itself: getting you to ask the right questions to figure out who you are and be brave enough to build the kind of life you want to live.
There are so many golden quotes you'll gather from this book. If you’re struggling with something right now, you’ll probably come across some Buddhist wisdom that matches exactly what you need.
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Wendy Rodriguez, M.A is an outpatient clinician at TOC Therapy. She specializes in working with women and minorities build healthy and fulfilling personal relationships in individual and couples therapy. As a child of immigrant parents, she has both the lived experience and education to support her clients through their healing journey. Wendy believes that there is no “one size fits all” therapy approach-- she draws from different modalities to collaboratively create a personalized plan. If you would like to learn more about Wendy, visit her profile here or request a free consultation to work with her in online therapy.