Pausing is not something most people do on a regular basis and unfortunately, we live in a culture where pausing in the moment is an unfamiliar concept and rarely encouraged. Most people live a fast paced, achievement oriented and goal focused life. I rather exhausting existence. I know because I find myself there far too often, which is way I advocate so vehemently about the importance of pausing. Consider yourself the exception, if you slow down on a regular basis to feel the sensations you are experiencing, and the thoughts and emotions you are having in the moment. If you do, congratulations because that is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. If you don’t, I encourage you to read the following definitions and quotes in hopes that you will be inspired to pause more often. It is good for your health, personal awareness, relationships and the list goes on and on. I also invite you to take a few extra minutes to answer the powerful question below and to do the pause exercise at the bottom of the page. If you enjoy self-discovery, it will be time well spent.
Pause: An intentional decision to stop and unplug from distraction
“Human freedom involves our capacity to pause between the stimulus and response and, in that pause, to choose the one response toward which we wish to throw our weight. The capacity to create ourselves, based upon this freedom, is inseparable from consciousness or self-awareness.” – Rollo May
Self-Reflection: To examine thoughts, feelings, beliefs and values
“Be your best advocate by awaking up to your own thoughts, feelings, beliefs and values” – Terrie Elizabeth Reeves
Inquire: To question or to seek a deeper sense of knowing or understanding
“It is through self-reflection and inquiry that you can wake up to what’s important to you, in order to expand in the direction that serves your higher good.” – Terrie Elizabeth Reeves
What word above most resonated with you and why?
Power in the Pause Exercise:
Fill in two words that begin with the designated letter that capture your feelings about what pause means to you. One example of each has been provided.
P – Purposeful, ___________, ___________
A – Awareness, ___________, ___________
U- Understanding, __________, ___________
S – Stillness, ____________, _____________
E – Expansion, _________, ____________
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