As 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-line: Is 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 😊