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Make Time to Get Benefits of the "Pause"

The pause. Suspending time ever so briefly to notice, to feel, and to sense what surrounds you.  On this recent beautiful, light-filled morning, I took my breakfast outside to eat. As I sat at the "Samuels Cafe," I noticed the percussive sounds of the birds and insects. Their chorus was loud and varied. The foliage waved as the breeze gently moved the air. Patterns of soft light shifted and glistened as the sun danced in between the leaves. In the distance I noticed the occasional featherweight plant floating slowly from the sky to rest on the fern-covered ground.

Like my changing attention to the various sounds, my visual focus shifted too. The pattern of the light through the moving leaves highlighted different patches of the woods. It pulled my gaze to a particular tree stump or row of ferns or patch of grass. It was nature's way of showing me the beauty that exists.

The time is here to notice. The time is here to just be. It's there for you if you embrace the pause. Your moments of mindfulness are available to you.

In this corner of our world that is fixated on doing more, getting more, and being more, the pause is essential. Taking time to appreciate the present, to be in the present, to notice the present can shift your perspective to include gratitude, peace and calm.

Do you make time for the pause? What have you noticed? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation!




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Early morning is my time to pause. I am sitting out on my porch right now, listening to the cacophony of birds. I just love it. It is a symphony! I try and take time every morning to stretch, pray, read scripture... just embrace the pause before the day begins. It is so easy to get up and get moving and forget to take a few moments to notice all the blessings, and to be thankful for them!

June 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

We'll soon be spending a week at a cottage where we do little other than "just be."

I'd like to inject some of that into my regular daily life - that's what I need to work on!

June 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Totally agree, when my husband and I are off on the weekends, we tend to take our coffee outside and sit in the partial shade and chat, i love these mornings

June 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

I love to be with nature to truly let go of the day to day activities in my life. Recently, I need to visit water, ocean, bay, etc... It helps me get quickly to relaxing and disconnecting myself from the digital world. It's lovely. I was able to go away this weekend where there was a bay and was able to take a tour on the water. It was 45 minutes of lovely views with a pleasant breeze. Next time it needs to be longer. =)

June 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

@Seana- Your "symphony" and special spot sound wonderful! It sounds like you've built in that lovely pause into the start of your day. A beautiful way to begin your day.

@Janet- Ahhh. A week at the cottage "just being" sound amazing! Perhaps some of that will rub off when you return to non-vacation days.

@Jill- What a beautiful image of you and your husband sipping coffee in the shade and talking. And speaking of talking...great hearing (really hearing) your voice this morning. Loved chatting!

@Sabrina- I'm with you 100%. I LOVE water! It could be rivers, oceans, ponds, showers, or even doing dishes. There's something so relaxing and rejuvenating about it. Your weekend away by the bay seemed wonderful...and just what you needed. I hear you about the wanting it be longer part.

June 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love your description of your morning breakfast! It sounds delightful. I agree with the group. I love to sit outside in my garden and notice the changes. I spend lots of time working in my garden but I tend to pay more attention to the subtle changes when I'm still - not focused on the work I have planned to do. As you say, when I pause.

June 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

@Diane- How wonderful that your garden provides you with both the enjoying of doing and the enjoyment of just being. With all of the effort and care you give to your garden, I imagine that you take great delight in seeing the changes and literally the growth.

June 12, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I'm home today, doing stuff on my laptop, including reading blog posts. Not strictly a pause, but reading your post made me think, "Hmmm....I could be doing this outside!" So now I'm doing stuff on my laptop while listening to the birds, (finches, mourning doves, rooster), the distant traffic (which I like to pretend is the ocean), and my backyard fountain. Glad I'm doing it now, because it's getting warmer by the minute!

June 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHazel Thornton

@Hazel- That's awesome how you were inspired to change your environment and enjoy the gorgeous outdoor sounds. I'm impressed that you know your birds...and you have a rooster for a neighbor? How fun! I like your creative thinking with your interpretation of ambient sounds from traffic to the ocean. Nice. Heading out soon to take an outdoor lunch break by the river, then back to do some work. Enjoy making the most of your "pause!"

June 14, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Linda Samuels I did as well Linda, always a pleasure.

June 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

Love this post and the reminder to be mindful of the pause. I try to spend every morning outside on my back porch to pause and set my day. On those days when my calendar is full and I can't make it out in the morning, I make every effort to find some other time in my day to pause, breathe, and focus. Great post!

June 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLiana George

@Liana- What a lovely image of you on the porch in the morning taking your daily "pause." Its beneficial to do at any point in the day...taking a break from the motion to be still.

@Jill- 😀

June 26, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

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