The PAUSE: A Journey to Peace in the Midst of Adversities
“Nothing outside yourself can cause you any trouble. You yourself make the waves in your mind. If you leave your mind as it is, it will become calm.” – Shunryu Suzuki
In these days of global turmoil and uncertainty, we are all looking for anchor points to provide more peace and stability in our lives. And if you’re like most people I know, you probably find yourself craving more quiet time to rest, heal, nurture, and explore your inner self.
The problem is that most of us don’t know how to quickly and easily access our minds in ways that can provide that healing and calm.
That’s why I practice these 5 simple actions I call the PAUSE. Join me in exploring how this practice has transformed my well-being and allowed me to find peace within the adversities of life.
P – Presence: A Breath to Rediscover Awareness
In the midst of chaos, finding small pockets of silence becomes crucial. With the PAUSE practice, the first step is to regain presence by taking a slow, deep breath.
This conscious act allows us to detach from the external noise and reconnect with the present moment. With each breath, we create space for awareness to emerge—a sanctuary where we can find solace from the chaos of our minds.
A – Allow: Settling into the Stillness
In these days of uncertainty, it’s vital to allow ourselves the time and space to heal. As we immerse ourselves in presence, the physical sensations begin to settle.
We learn to invite stillness and quietude into our lives, unraveling the knots of tension that have built up over time. By listening to the whispers of our physical experiences, we cultivate a profound sense of relaxation, allowing the mind to naturally calm down.
U – Untangle: Freeing Ourselves from Troubling Thoughts
Amidst the turmoil, our minds can often be overwhelmed by troubling thoughts. The PAUSE practice empowers us with the ability to untangle ourselves from these narratives.
We can gently unhook from negative thoughts, recognising them for what they are—mere constructions of our minds. We develop the ability to observe these thoughts from a distance, creating space for new perspectives and inner growth.
S – Surrender: Finding Tranquility in the Stillness
In these uncertain times, it becomes essential to surrender to the stillness that resides within us. This surrender is not a giving up, but rather a letting go.
As we navigate the practice of presence and untangle our thoughts, we gradually surrender to the peace that lies within us.
It is in this surrender that we discover a profound connection to our inner essence, allowing us to weather adversities with grace and resilience.
E – Embrace: Unveiling Our Authentic Self with Compassion
In the midst of chaos and uncertainty, it’s important to be kind—to ourselves and to others. The last step in the PAUSE practice is to embrace ourselves fully and unconditionally.
Embracing not just our strengths but also our fears and vulnerabilities is an act of compassion and self-love. It is through this self-indulgence that we gain a deeper understanding of the human mind and its capacity for growth and transformation.
By learning to embrace every aspect of ourselves, we foster trust in our resilience to face any adversity that life presents.
The PAUSE Practice: A Guiding Light
Amidst the chaos, find small pockets of silence. Find compassion. Allow the healing. And most of all… Be kind.
The PAUSE practice has become a guiding light during my journey to peace, healing, and personal growth.
Through presence, allowing, untangling, surrendering, and embracing, I have effectively reprogrammed my nervous system and unleashed a sense of peace and contentment within.
By developing awareness of the mind-body connection, we can navigate the storms of life with resilience and trust in our own capabilities.
May the PAUSE be your companion along this transformative path, nurturing your soul and inviting you to savour the beauty of a more peace-filled, content existence amidst adversities.
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Namaste- I honour the place in you in which the entire universe resides. I honour the place in you, of love, of light, of truth, and peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us.