What would it be like to press pause, to breathe, to make space?
In our ever-demanding world, there is a danger that we simply squeeze more in and do things faster. By doing one thing after another after another, we can find that the energy from one task continues onto the next task, gathering steam as we charge through our day. Consequently, by the end of the day, we can be exhausted, scattered and strung out.
By allowing pauses, we can come back to where we are, check in with our bodies and our minds and allow the dust to settle.
If you have a meditation practise then this can be a way to join your meditations and stay present in your day and if you don’t, it can be a great way to start.
Would you like to pause with me?
If you’d like to pause with me right now then sit upright, with your back away from the back of the chair if you can.
Feel the weight of your body coming down – feel your feet on the floor as they connect with the ground
Check in with your body – ask yourself how you are feeling
Gently, bring your attention to your breath down on your abdomen
Without trying to change the breath, allow the breath to breathe itself
Feel the full sensations of each breath
If your mind wanders, just gently bring it back to your breath in your abdomen
Focus on the inbreath for a few breaths
And now the outbreath
And pulling the two together, perhaps for 5 breaths, breathing with the full sensation of each in breath and each outbreath
Widening your attention now and taking it out to your whole body as if your whole body was breathing
Breathing through the pores of your skin
Connecting again with the weight of your body as we come back
Taking a moment to check in, to just rest in awareness
Time to pause
An opportunity to pause can be when we’re changing activity – it could be getting out of the car or when you come in the front door. Allow yourself to see what works for you.
See if you can find 3 times in your day to press pause.