Yes, that's right. YOUR BRAIN ON PAUSE. This whole download/write up began from and article my friend Nicole posted called, (link to article below);
Well OK!!! Sounds interesting. Let me have a go at this. I read through the simply and beautifully written article and poof, an inspiration flooded through. Now, we have all heard and have been told about the importance of a pause, a good night sleep and happy thoughts, BLAH,BLAH, BLAHDEE BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. PAUSE...Insert sparkling winged fairies holding hands flying in a golden circle, leaping unicorns, vibrant rainbows, flipping dolphins and singing angels. Oh! Excuse me. Ok, back to being super serious now. So, yogis, great teachers, sages, shamans, doctors, spiritual/religious leaders and many others often speak about the importance of a pause, a prayer, a meditation however you would phrase it for yourself and science is backing up this information with a simple explanation and scientific understanding of, what comes to my mind, the Gandhi quote, " Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny." MMM, Love that one!! Anyhow, the article makes the analogy of your brain being a garden and then goes on to explain that cells called, microglial cells are the pruners! The thoughts that we feed, grow and the thoughts that are less frequently fed, get pruned. Yes! They get the boot!!! What you are watering? So, lets work backwards Gandhi. Your destiny comes from your values, your values come from your habits, your habits come from your actions, your actions come from you words, your words come from your thoughts, and your thoughts come from your beliefs. Now that hit home. If at the core, there is a feeling of not being worthy, not being enough, not having enough, one day I'll be good enough, I should be doing this or should be doing that, why me, she did this, he did that, whoa..then that is the foundation upon which we are building and actively creating our destiny. Now, I prefer the destiny of JOY so, I PAUSED.....Realizing JOY is one part of a whole and sometimes we need more awareness around those stagnating, paralyzing, festering thoughts so we can take ACTION to create new HABITS to create a new and a clear VALUES system, to LIVE our destiny and the PAUSE is where that happens. So putting this into practice is oh so important. Even in writing this, i had to PAUSE and turn a thought around. " Who are you to write this?" "Does your voice really matter?" ABSOLUTELY!!! My voice comes from my experience and we all can become more conscious through sharing and living from our inspired experience. Weed pulled!! The next time you find yourself in that quagmire of fear based thought, PAUSE...turn it around by asking yourself (borrowed from my friend Claire), "is it useful, is it truthful, is it necessary". Does this thought support my values that create my destiny and make a choice to see with clear eyes, a soothed heart and pure intention and live from your inspired experience.
Find somewhere today that soothes you, that allows you to PAUSE without the smartphone, without interruption, without talking, and listen for a few minutes to the sounds around you and within you!!! 1,2,3...minutes, ever how long you can dedicate today. If you would like you can even close your eyes! Coming back, take a moment to jot down a value that you would like to create your destiny from and place it somewhere you go or look everyday! Perhaps the back of your handy dandy smarty pants phone, that's where mine is, and connect to it on a daily basis.
A TECHNIQUE to soothe, reconnect, balance, energize and find the PAUSE:
I would love to hear what your experiences are with pausing or a way that you pause in your day. Maybe you would even like to share a VALUE of yours in the comments! We ALL have an important piece of this collective to offer and i look forward to your sharing your unique spark!