Remember the Pause

I don’t know about you, but I feel like my life is not slowing down at all in this pandemic. I find I am ramped up, taking on too many things, not sleeping at night because I can’t get my mind to rest. I am missing the outlets which once provided time and space to decompress and to release pent up energy. I am missing the moments of pause in my day.

Yesterday I was listening to a daily meditation in which I was invited to be aware of the pause which comes at the beginning and end of each inhale and each exhale. We don’t normally pay attention to our breath. We are barely aware of it most of the time. But in this moment, I could stop and recognize the pause.

When we are feeling restless or overwhelmed, we can take a moment to remember the pause. Sit in that pause and notice it for what it is. As we focus on that pause, perhaps we can find a moment of calm for our minds, a moment of peace for our hearts, and a moment of stillness in our day.

The pause may be the most important part of our day. It snaps us out of autopilot and allows us to reset.

The pause. The breath. The pause again.

When I stop and recognize the pause, I feel a slowing down. I make clearer decisions. I can rest. I may not be able to go to the places and do the things I used to do. But I can breathe. And I can pause.

How do you bring a moment of stillness into your day?

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