Introducing practice pausing – learning how to bring the power of pausing into our lives.
What do you need to create a space that helps you slow-down and pause. If you travel a lot or if you reside in one particular place, take the time to create a time and a place to pause. It can be either a nook from a room to a corner off to the side. Or you can dig out a small meditation space within a closet separate from its surrounding area.
Each morning, start your day with a slice of comfort by choosing to turn on a small salt ion lamp and settle down near its offering glow. Generate a long spine by consciously pulling your shoulder blades down your back and feeling your sits bones rooted down into the earth through the comfort of your cushion. Contribute to your space a vibrant and colorful rug laying beneath a low and simple table. This structure can hold objects, pictures and crystals that represent desires held close to your heart. In a tangible form, they are a reflection of your inner self. This is your space and you can decide what holds the most value and what each item symbolizes.
The ritual you create each morning is your own. Through all the different articles you may have read or facts you have heard, you get to decide what ideas and opinions make the cut. There is one aspect that may be necessary and that is consistency. Each morning, you might choose to inhale from a small bottle of frankincense which is a grounding essential oil. The scent is slightly pungent but you will appreciate its ability to awaken the mind. Close your eyes and set an intention for the day. An intention is a statement or a wish for yourself. You are creating a jumping off point of how you want to feel that day so relish in all the possibilities that could help you feel more plugged into your life!
Your meditation space can be your place where your energy grows. It is where you come to when you’re feeling unsettled. It is where you can show up to celebrate a victory. This is the place you created so you can honor who you are now and let go of all the rest.
Creating your meditation space can be a as simple as a mediation cushion and five minutes to focus on your breath. Meditation is having time and space for clarity.
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Creating a space for quiet and contemplation. What will encourage you to pause and just sit? Making a space could created with one cushion or several, you may want cushions to be all the same color or a variety for a work-place wellness room, studio, retreat center or a home studio. Make pausing a priority.
This year, I’ve used January to regroup, paint, de-clutter and simply take my space back! And looking forward to the Year of the Earth Pig – the pig is luck, wealth, honesty and prosperity. Have a good year and trust that you know.
It’s a new year maybe should start with – What do you want for this new year?
Many people start really strong, going to the gym, eliminating a food and within a few weeks into the new year they give up and things seem overwhelming.
Instead of resolutions, the question should be – What do I want to happen during the new year.
We are now back to the practice of pausing. Learning how to sit, breathe and figure out what you feel, think and how you want to live are all things that we can answer but the hard part is allowing ourselves the time to sit with how we feel. There are practical things we can do that will help us figure out what do I want and it may change after we are in well into the new year.
So start where you are and practice pausing. Have a great 2019! Namasté
This holiday classic might give everyone a moment to pause and reflect. What does this time of year mean to you. Peace and goodwill to all.
No matter how you honor this time of year, practice pausing may be a good way to start.