Wouldn’t it be great if we could invite excellence into our day, just by pausing.

If we pause purposefully, it allows us to be fully present, which can rub off on others around us.

We are all so busy, and are expected to move faster and faster, and get more and more things done, but what if we dare to stop, and pause… you can begin to be aware if you are doing things on purpose, or if you are just on autopilot, and then notice if you are bringing your best self, to what you are doing – at work and at home.

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Wouldn’t it be great if could invite excellence into our day. just by pausing. If we pause purposefully, it allows us to be fully present, which can rub off on others around us.

We are all so busy, and are expected to move faster and faster, and get more things done, but what if we dare to stop, and pause,… you can begin to be aware if you are doing things on purpose, or if you are just on autopilot, and then notice if you are bringing your best self, to what you are doing – at work and at home.

For most of us, until we stop, we don’t even realise that this person masquerading in our skin, is not living the life we had imagined, or making decisions aligned with our beliefs and principles. Over time, life happens and if we are not awake to what is going on, we can be missing out on the possibilities, to live that imagined life.

So do you know if you are living your life on autopilot?

Fortunately I do, from time to time, it is handy to be able to drive on automatic pilot, so that I can pay attention to the traffic at the same time.  However in our day to day lives we get pulled along into the relentless need for more, for bigger, and for better, in an autopilot manner.

And along the way, we lose sight of the reasons we are doing what we do, and how we are living.  However, when we take a pause, we can begin to see that there is another way of being with the chaos that surrounds us. We can notice all the ways we distract ourselves from truly living in this moment. And it is then that we can begin to step out of autopilot and begin to make more conscious choices.

If we want to lead our lives with excellence, we need to more consistently make choices that are not reactive but responsive.

When we are on autopilot, there is no space to fit pauses in, no breaks in the non-stop busyness to allow the mind and body to stop and pay attention.

We tend to lead this robotic existence which can show up in our lives as disengagement. When we are robotic, that affects our ability to connect with our colleagues, patients, clients, or family. We are physically in the same room but so distracted by our busyness that we might as well be in the next country.

Adding a few pauses into our day allows us to be more present, to recharge our mind and body, and to cultivate the spaciousness for new ideas.

Here’s some suggestions of how to add in some pauses:

Choose some activity that you do every day to add some pauses—like showering, pausing before you step into the shower, or pausing before  you decide what to where in the morning, or pause once you have sat down at your desk, or just before you start to cook or wash the dishes. A nice deep breath can accompany each pause.

Be really present for each of these activities. Every day when you are doing one of these activities, make it a purposeful pause by staying focused on the activity—whether you notice the water on your skin,  your feet on the ground, the air on your skin, the sounds you hear. notice them, while you pause

And please do Be kind to your wandering mind. Each time your mind tries to carry you into the future or the past, into your to-do lists, planning for tomorrow, or judgments,…. redirect your attention to the present moment, the experience of showering, brushing your teeth, getting dressed, filling your water bottle, or cooking or washing dishes. This redirection brings you back to the present moment, the only moment you can affect.

Taking time to notice the present moment and redirect your mind back to the present when it wanders, trains your brain to recognise when you’ve defaulted to acting on autopilot.

As you engage in this mind training on a daily basis, you will begin to notice how often you are not being present for your life. And in that noticing lies the seeds for choosing to do something different.

Purposeful pauses somehow adds time to your day, I know it sounds crazy, but it allows more focus, instead of being scattered. Pauses allow us to be fully present, and that presence is felt by those around us—it feels like respect, true collaboration, and caring.

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