I wrote earlier this week on taking a break, and what’s available by pausing: clarity of purpose, renewed energy, reconnecting with key values.
Learning how to cultivate mindfulness, including learning how to pause, to breathe, is an important skill to cultivate. Being mindful in our actions – rather that reactive or automatic – is common theme for many coaching clients. It’s something that I work on myself, too.
One of assignment I often give to coaching clients working on observation or mindfulness is to use common everyday experiences as a reminder – such as the telephone ringing, the bell of the seatbelt indicator in a car, stopping at a red light.** The specific activity isn’t as important as the noticing.
We can use these common experiences bring ourselves back to the present moment – where am I? what am I doing? what’s happening in my mind and my body? – and allow us to make choices from a place of awareness, rather than from habit. It’s only in the present moment that we choose.
How are you cultivating mindfulness in word and action today?
How does pausing assist you in making a difference?
**For more on cultivating mindfulness in everyday life, I highly recommend any book by Thich Nhat Hanh, especially Peace is Every Step.