It is so challenging to just be right here, right now! We are everywhere, with our darting and wild minds; imagining what might be, often with dread and/or reliving what was, often with regret. Our wandering minds bring us great suffering. There is an easier way of being, a way that releases the struggle and allows us space and time and pause, to savor what is.
Yogic philosophy teaches us that there is inherent balance between the body, the mind, and the spirit. This unity, this yoga, is our birthright. Unfortunately as we “grow up”, our minds gain strength and overwhelm these other aspects of ourselves. The mind thinks it is in charge, and tries to run the show. It overpowers the body; the connection to the spirit often becomes a mere whisper.
Quieting the mind, becoming present in the moment, experiencing what is rather than trying to create what might be or stuck in what was, is the doorway to freedom from the busy mind. Our minds need to be trained to be the most effective ally they can be. It is our responsibility to quiet the mind by entering into the moment—the power of that pause is profound. Much information is available to us, separate from the filter of the mind.
How can we bring the power of pause into our daily lives? Here are some simple yet effective suggested practices:
o At every red light, take three deep breathes. Relax and notice your moment.
o Set your phone, a timer, or an ap for a certain time each day. When it rings, breathe. Relax. Consider this moment fully yours.
o Practice standing meditation. At some point during the day (at the water cooler? at the printer?) feel your feet on the floor. Let your body gently sway from front to back, from side to side. Come back to center. Feel your body on the earth.
o If an animal companion graces your life, take a mindful moment and watch your kitty or your dog (or your “whatever”). Our animals are so plugged into the moment–they hold the door open for us. They are indeed, as Eckhart Tolle says, “the guardians of being.” Yes, the Power of Paws works so well!
Enjoy your practice of pausing into presence. Let this practice be a mindful experiment, without right or wrong, without effort or struggle. Relax and simply watch.
Savor what is! It is all we have.