“The art of pausing. Think before we speak. Breathe before we react. Rest before we exhaust ourselves”
Feeling rushed turns us into someone we are not. We snap, make mistakes, become unkind, stress our bodies to the max, gulp down food and forget things.
By remembering the wonderful “Art of Pausing” we can take a moment to adjust the speed of our day, sink and relax into the here and now, and create a more sustaining flow to our day.
Here’s my take on the wonderful art of pausing. Think before we speak. Breathe before we react. Rest before with exhaust ourselves. Voila! C’est tout.
Enjoy the following suggestions and let me know which are your favourites.
Today I will …….
1. Today I will take a nap. Why not! Fold your arms and rest your head (on your arms) on your desk. Close your eyes, follow your breath and enjoy a refreshing nap.
2. Today I will look at the sky. I will take time to connect with nature by staring out the window or walking outside and focus only on a tree, the grass or the sky for as long as it takes to feel calm, centred and grounded again.
3. Today I will sit down every time I drink (or eat). Today I will enjoy the smell, aroma and taste of my chai tea/coffee. I will not walk around nor chat on my mobile. I will sit, arrive at the table and be with the ritual of my morning and afternoon tea.
4. Today I will not answer my phone – if I don’t feel like it. Technology can push us to go faster, do more and forget about eating and drinking. Take regular technology breaks in order to re-focus where you want to be directing your energy.
5. Today I will take at least 3 breathing breaks. Calmer breathing = calmer thoughts = energy saved = a happier you.
Choose to “let it all go” by blowing it out with a few forceful exhales.
6. Today I will take a yogic cleansing bath. Why? Because you can. 1lb baking soda and 1 cup of sea salt. Soak for 20 minutes each day for 7 days.
7. Today I will take a good long walk. Yes walking is the best medicine (along with mindful breathing). Walking fixes so many things. A good brisk walk helps shake off frustration, move the lymph fluid through your body and shift negative thinking. A slow gentle walk helps calm and soothe an anxious mind or body.
Walk to connect with your breath. Walk to connect with nature. Walk to re-connect to the real you.
8. Today I will say “no” more often. Stop giving your energy away uneccesarily. Know that you have a choice and it is OK to say no.
9. Today I will sit still and do nothing for 15 minutes. Because in this busy, crazy world its good to find your peaceful place.
Sitting, lying or walking peacefully, un-distracted for 15 minutes will activate different aspects of your nervous and immune system. Rest is more important than you think.
10. Today I will enjoy 15 minutes of “legs up the wall” at lunchtime. This very restful, restorative yoga posture has got to be one of the kindest ways you can rest your body. If you are not sure what it is then please click here. Don’t forget how restful the crocodile pose is.
* Photo is from Louise Hays Wisdom Cards
What I’m reading at the moment:
Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips by Kris Carr and loving it. Its fun, uplifting and packed with great healthy living tips. Its written primarily for younger people in their 20′s, 30′s and 40′s with cancer but so inspirational for anyone any age facing a health issue.
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