One of the wonderful benefits of practicing Mindfulness is slowing down more during each day to fully experience the moment at hand. This sounds simple but is not always easy to do for those of us with busy schedules. Consciously pausing is an art that needs to be cultivated. It is a time to intentionally stop and breathe deeply, thus preventing negative thoughts and feelings from building. With one mindful breath we can release negativity, accept a difficult situation, detach from an outcome and create room for more love and joy to fill our being. It takes us out of automatic pilot mode. We become more aware of what we are thinking, feeling, seeing, smelling, and hearing. When we are living in the present and each experience is enhanced.
So how can we get in the habit of pausing more during our day?
- Put a post it note on your computer, car steering wheel, calendar, or some other object you look at throughout your day that reminds you to periodically pause and get centered back in the moment.
- Set your phone or watch alarm to go off every hour as a reminder to stop and breath and tune into how you are doing.
- Pause before each meal and give thanks for the food and use the moment to be fully present with yourself and your surroundings.
- Use a “Meaning To Pause” bracelet! – see below
I recently came across a new company called: Meaning To Pause (www.meaningtopause.com). They have created bracelets that vibrate every 90 minutes to remind you to get back into the moment. I wear mine daily and have found it very useful to enhance my Mindfulness Practice. I set an intention in the morning and when my bracelet vibrates, I pause, take a deep breath, give thanks for my day, and remind myself to focus on my intention. I also take a moment to send loving thoughts to my husband. He wears one of the bracelets as well and we have them synchronized to go off at the same time. It is our way of staying silently connected throughout the day apart. Just looking down at the bracelet is a reminder to stay focused on the moment and not get caught up in the past or future.
I find that eating raw foods and living a more disciplined life than many others around me requires that I find creative ways to keep myself on track. I am grateful for companies like Meaning To Pause as they have given me a very fun way to bring myself back to the moment during my busy days. It’s a time when I have a mini check in with myself to see if I am choosing thoughts, feelings, and foods that serve my highest good for that moment.
I encourage you to find some way to pause more during your day and see what you notice! I know you will reap incredible blessings just as I have.
May you be well and happy in this moment!
Katy Joy Freeman, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist