Today I was enjoying an early morning hike, and about halfway through the hike, there were two women sitting on a bench and meditating. I thought, “How wonderful! They are taking a moment to pause.”

What does it mean, to pause?

Pause. intransitive verb. 1: to stop temporarily 2: to linger for a time
– Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Seeing these two women meditating reminded me of the importance in pausing in our daily lives. Taking a moment for ourselves can be so refreshing and restorative.

Do you fall into these thought patterns that hinder you from taking a short break?

  • I’m too busy to take a break.
  • I feeling like I am sinking under the weight all of my responsibilities, I can’t pause.
  • I’m totally immersed in this situation I’m in and can’t take a minute.

These are all good times to actually take that pause. The moment that you notice that you are feeling like you are overwhelmed is the time to pause.

A pause doesn’t have to be long. It can be as short as a breath.

  • Stop what you are doing.
  • Lift your gaze to look out.
  • Take a breath in and slowly let it out.

There you’ve just taken a pause.

Do you feel refreshed? More alert? Have added perspective? Less stressed?

If you want to take a little longer pause, you can:

  • Take five minutes to meditate
  • Take 10 deep breaths
  • Go for a walk
  • Stand outside and look around

These are just a some ideas. What do you think would be the best way for you to take a pause?

When do you think you can add taking a pause into your day?

First, think about what will work best for you, and then try taking a pause and notice how it makes you feel.

May you have peace within,

Julia anjali mudra hands

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