Pause…Breathe…Repair Your Universe…Proceed ~ unknown
As if the Holidays were not demanding enough, the New Year often brings with it a string of resolutions that impose even more stress to improve and work harder in order to become a better human being. This can add to the already overwhelming busyness of thoughts, self-talk, worries, fears, and frenzied activities and increase anxiety and tension in life.
What can you do about it?
Pause to restore balance…
The dictionary defines a pause as a temporary stop, or a brief suspension in action. While it implies a short moment taken within a present activity, it can also last for hours or days. No matter the length, it is a conscious, intentional action that can reset your focus, restore your energy, refresh your perspective and bring you into the present moment.
Taking a long, mindful inhale to refresh and put everything – absolutely everything – on pause can interject an empty space that resets balance, interrupts habitual behaviours and brings wakefulness into your life.
Here are a few ways to create those powerful moments:
Taking our hands off the controls and pausing is an opportunity to clearly see the wants and fears that are driving us. ~ Tara Branch
Pauses help us in many ways:
Through the sacred art of pausing, we develop the capacity to stop hiding, to stop running away from our experience. We begin to trust in our natural intelligence, in our naturally wise heart, in our capacity to open to whatever arises. ~ Tara Branch
Reference and recommended reading: Radical Acceptance by Tara Branch Ph.D.
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