Meditation & Minfulness

Meditation – Practicing The Pause

July 23, 2016

Inhale
Pause
Exhale
Pause

Meditation is your time to practice this pause.

Try it, right now.

Inhale
Pause
Exhale
Pause

Can you feel that pause? Just as your breath transitions from inhaling to exhaling there is a moment. A space. A pause.

Can you be in that pause? Sitting there with the space of nothing and infinity at the same time.

This isn’t easy. Especially at first.

But the ability to do this, to pause, is monumental.

Think of the last time you were upset, agitated, depressed or anxious. More often than not, these feelings of anxiety, agitation, frustration and depression come on quickly and last longer than they should.

There is a natural reason for this. We’re fight-or-flight animals and triggering these defense mechanisms were necessary to outrun the bears.

But today, when we don’t have any bears to out run, we still conjure up these harsh overreactions with just as much speed. They come on in a moment and overtake us.

All of a sudden we jump to harmful conclusions. We can’t think strait. We can’t problem solve. We make rash decisions that are harmful to others and ourselves.

But if we pause, just for a moment, we can create some space between our true selves and the fight-or-flight reaction.

In this pause, our higher brain has an opportunity to step in with some reason. This pause can lessen the grip that anxiety and agitation can have on our mind, our breath and our soul.

Meditation gives us the opportunity to practice this pause. So when the stimuli comes up – whether it be your co-worker, that person who cut you off or even your spouse, you can pause before jumping to your usual reaction. It’s not you, it’s your pattern. Your opportunity in these situations is during this pause.

Inhale
Pause
Exhale
Pause

There is so much power in this pause.

Meditate & be well.

 

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  • Reply Ira Rabois – Summertime July 23, 2016 at 4:48 pm

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