Book Review #12 – The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to Be Calm in a Busy World By Haemin Sunim

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The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to Be Calm in a Busy World  by Haemin Sunim

Genre: Spirituality | Psychology | Self-help
Length: 288 pages
Publish Date: First published January 13, 2012

When life feels chaotic and overwhelming, it can be difficult to find a sense of peace and purpose. At that point of realisation, all we need is to offer us a gentle and practical approach to finding balance in our busy lives.

“The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down” is a book by Haemin Sunim, offers reflections and insights on finding peace, mindfulness, and happiness in our busy lives. The book highlights a strong focus on the value of living in the now, practising mindfulness, and slowing down. In order to enable readers to live a more balanced and contented life, it blends personal tales, useful guidance, and contemplative lessons. 

“The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down” addresses several key points through these 9 chapters:

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Have you ever thought to yourself, “Why are you so busy?” When everything around you is moving so fast and restlessly you need to stop and decide whether the world is busy or it’s your mind. Actually it’s only your mind, not the world. We apparently see the world only through the window of our mind. Whenever our mind is noisy, the world seems to be noisy too. 

So, just wait for a while, take some time for yourself every morning, meditate & focus on your mental and spiritual health for your entire enrichment.


Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present in the moment without any judgement or distraction. In this book, the author emphasises the importance of cultivating mindfulness as a way to reduce stress and find inner peace. He explores various techniques & practical tips on how to cultivate this awareness, allowing for a deeper appreciation of life’s experiences, including meditation and breathing exercises. He suggests starting with just a few minutes of meditation each day and gradually increasing the duration over time and using it as an anchor to keep the mind focused on the present.

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Passion is the strongest expression of one’s. In this chapter, the author explores the idea of finding one’s passion and purpose in life and encourages readers to reflect on their interests and values, guiding them towards a path that aligns with their authentic selves. By embracing our passions, we infuse our lives with purpose and meaning, leading to a more gratifying and rewarding existence.


In addition to highlighting the value of sincere & meaningful relationships, Sunim offers advice on how to communicate effectively & develop stronger bonds. In order to build wholesome, fulfilling relationships and encourage a sense of fulfilment and belonging, he places a strong emphasis on understanding empathy and acceptance.


Sunim encourages readers to exercise empathy and kindness towards both themselves and other people, emphasising the transformational potential of love and compassion. In order to embrace love in all of its manifestations, he offers helpful exercises and advice on developing compassion and self-love, creating a peaceful environment, and creating happy relationships.


Sunim highlights the transient aspect of existence and the necessity of ongoing transformation. He exhorts readers to find delight in every instant that passes, to recognise the beauty of impermanence, and to treasure the small moments that comprise our lives.

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Sunim tackles frequent fears about the future by providing helpful guidance on letting go of concern and confidently enjoying the present. He highlights the significance of preparing while being adaptable, establishing aims and goals, and maintaining flexibility in the face of unanticipated events.


In order to help readers connect with their inner selves and delve into spiritual aspects, this chapter addresses inner calm, awareness, and purpose. In order to achieve more fulfilment and happiness in the spiritual path, Sunim offers practices and insights into cultivating a profound feeling of spiritual well-being. Readers might discover inner serenity and purpose by concentrating on these elements.

“The Things You Can Only See When You Slow Down,” by Haemin Sunim probably connects the dots between the several topics he covers in the book and stresses the value of balance, attentiveness and inner serenity in our hectic existence. Here the author offers readers the desire and confidence to apply these concepts in their own lives by encouraging them to seek self-awareness, self-compassion, and meaningful interpersonal relationships.