Hit that pause button!

PauseAs many of you will know from my little bio on my blog, I practise yoga. Our lovely yoga teacher often advises us to stop, pause and just notice what we are doing or how we are feeling.

I try to carry this excellent piece of advice over the threshold of the yoga class and bring it with me to my everyday life.

Of course, for every twenty times I try, I will fail nineteen. But I try to notice and pause:

  • When I want to buy an item:  Do I really need it or is it just a want?
  • When I feel I want to browse mindlessly on-lineIs it a distraction from something else I should be doing?
  • When I feel hurt or upset by an action or remark:  Have I tried to see things from their point of view?
  • When something annoying or bad happens to me:  Why shouldn’t it? What makes me so special?
  • When I feel distracted or out of sorts:  It’s usually because I feel either I or my surroundings are disorganised – nothing that a light bit of de-cluttering wouldn’t sort!
  • When I feel discontented:  Really? Because compared to a horribly large percentage of the world, I live in a palace and my life is a fairy-tale. I read a fantastic quote (sorry can’t remember who or where) that was along the lines of … when I wake up, I have access to clean water – after that, everything else is a bonus.


So ….. stop – notice – pause – breathe.

Have a great week 😊

  5 comments for “Hit that pause button!

  1. February 18, 2019 at 5:39 am

    This is a true nugget of wisdom, Lorraine. Thanks for sharing! I really know what you mean about failing to do this kind of thing 19 times out of 20! It can be easy in theory but much harder in practice, since we so often get caught up in our day and before we know it the day’s over and we haven’t even really stopped to breather. I’m starting a new teaching job tomorrow so I’ll be trying to keep this wisdom very much in mind as I tackle the day!! 🙂

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    • February 18, 2019 at 10:21 am

      Hi Lisa, thanks so much for your comment. First of all, congratulations on the new teaching job! It’s marvellous news after all of your study and commitment. If you bring the same focus to the new role as you do to your blog, you will be a success in no time! It might be the very day to stop and breathe when required! I know that I should do this but need to get better at actually doing it! Enjoy your exciting day, Lxx

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      • February 19, 2019 at 7:37 am

        Thanks so much, Lorraine! You are always so lovely and supportive. I really appreciate it, especially at a time like this. 🙂 I’ve just got home from day one and, honestly, it was a bit of a blur! The stopping and breathing was definitely a good idea!

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  2. February 17, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Such great stuff here, Lol. So often we act on impulse, believing that we can’t find a space to stop and pause, but it is possible, it just takes practice. For me, life feels so much better when I can do that. Happy Sunday!

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    • February 17, 2019 at 5:26 pm

      Thank you Julie! It’s all about the practice, rather than finding an opportunity. I’m having a lovely Sunday and hope you are too, especially with your lovely friends, Lxx

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