Taking Time to Pause

Taking Time to Pause

by: Katy Freeman, Marriage and Family Therapist

When the practices of Mindfulness become more fully incorporated into your life, you will hopefully be taking more time to pause throughout your day.  This is not always easy to do at first; especially for those of us with busy schedules.  I believe that taking time to consciously stop and breathe deeply throughout the day is an effective way to prevent negative thoughts and feelings from building up causing increased tension and possible illness in our mind, body, and spirit.   It takes us out of automatic pilot mode.  We become more aware of what we are thinking, feeling, seeing, smelling, and hearing.  When we are living in the present, each experience is more full and meaningful. 

So how can we get in the habit of pausing more during our day?

  1. Put a post it note on your computer, car steering wheel, calendar, or some other object you look at throughout your day that reminds you to periodically pause and get centered back in the moment.
  2. Set your phone or watch alarm to go off every hour as a reminder to stop and breath and tune into how you are doing.
  3. Pause before each meal and give thanks for the food and use the moment to be fully present with yourself and your surroundings.

I recently came across a new company called:  Meaning To Pause (www.meaningtopause.com).  They have created bracelets that vibrate every 90 minutes to remind you to get back into the moment.  I wear mine daily and have found it very useful to enhance my Mindfulness Practice.  I set an intention in the morning and when my bracelet vibrates, I pause, take a deep breath, give thanks for my day, and remind myself to focus on my intention.  I also take a moment to send loving thoughts to my husband.  He wears one of the bracelets as well and we have them synchronized to go off at the same time.  It is our way of staying silently connected throughout our day apart.  Just looking down at the bracelet is a reminder to stay focused on the moment and not get caught up in the past or future.

I find that eating raw foods and living a more disciplined life than many others around me requires that I find creative ways to keep myself on track.  I am grateful for companies like Meaning To Pause as they have given me a very fun way to bring myself back to the moment during my busy days.  It’s a time

when I have a mini check in with myself to see if I am choosing thoughts, feelings, and foods that serve my highest food for that moment. 

I encourage you to find some way to pause more during your day.  It’s a great way to make it through a rough time in your life or enhance more joyful times.  Pausing is always a good idea!

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