find the support you need

take a moment

sitting on a chair to pause at catspaw studio
at Catspaw Studio

Take a moment to pause, sit on a chair. Opening the knees is a good way to open your hip flexors, sit will a long back and follow your breath. Inhale, exhale you are now pausing.

When we practice pausing we heal

the thing about practice is – everything is practice

Everyday we have an opportunity to practice learning a language, practice patience, practice showing up, practice yoga, practice pausing … practice social distancing

sitting on zafu meditation cushions by catspaw cushion

Most of us learned to tie our shoes as a kid. How many times did we tied our shoes? So many we don’t think about it. That’s amazing when you stop to think about – it just happens. So when we have to have a difficult conversation – that we don’t want to have, or going for a walk/workout that we don’t feel like doing or sitting with difficult emotions, that we wish we didn’t even have. The awkwardness, nervousness or pain may not go away, but if we show-up even when we don’t want to or feel like it, it can become easier to face.

If we approach these situations as a practice, then we can give ourselves the opportunity to be with the ebb and flow of life. Learning how to hold the heartbreak and joy of life in a fine balance truly is a practice.

practice definition

verb he practiced the songs every day: rehearse, run through, go over/through, work on/at; polish

noun it takes lots of practice the team’s final practice: training, rehearsal, repetition, preparation; practice session, dummy run, run-through; informal dry run.

everything is practice – Periander

practice pausing – find support by using what you have available

Sit on the floor and open your hips. Use the support of a wall. Simply sit and follow your breath. Find the support you need. #practicepausing

it takes practice to have a seat and listen

the quieter you become the more you are able to hear – Rumi

illustration of sitting on a zafu meditation cushion - Catspaw Cushions

It takes practice learning to pause and sit, it takes practice opening up your body to sit, it takes practice to sit with “what is” and the thing about practice if it doesn’t go well one day, most of us will get the opportunity to practice again. And we also get to practice finding the support we need for our body and spirit.

practice | ˈpraktəs | repeated exercise in or performance of an activity or skill so as to acquire or maintain proficiency in it

Why it’s important to move before you pause

Because when to you move your body before you come to sit on a zafu meditation cushion you give yourself a chance to focus on your breath instead of the pain in you back.

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