Sometimes what we appear to have lost is simply something it was time to leave behind. Perhaps our system just lets something go, our having moved through the experience and now needing it no more. A friend of mine was sitting once with with two of his best friends, a couple he'd partied long and hard with during the 1960's. At about ten in the evening, the couples twentysomething daughter came home, saw them on the couch and admonished them, "You guys are so boring! You never go out!" To which which all three responded in unison, "We were out, and now we're in."
The mind is its own kind of dance floor. If in fact the highest, most creative work is the work of consciousness, then in slowing down we're not doing less; we're doing more. Having slowed down physically, we're in a better space to rev up physically. We are becoming contemplative. We are shifting from the outer to the inner not in order to begin our demise, but to reseed and regreen the consciousness of the planet. And that's what is happening now: We're going slower in order to go deeper, in order to go faster in the direction of urgently needed change in the world.