We talk a lot about movement here at Soul Fitness, and rightly so.
Movement is at the heart of both our body's fitness journey, and our day-to-day lives, so it makes sense we’d focus on how to move, why to move, and what to do when we can’t move.
As we cling to the motivation sparked by our 2019 goals, intentions and resolutions, it can be tempting to try and fill our days with go go go, because the more action, the better the results, right?
Well, not necessarily. Just like Rest Days are a necessary part of a balanced fitness journey, moments of #pause are a necessary part of peaceful, balanced, everyday living.
Defined as “a temporary rest,” a #pause during your workout allows you a valuable opportunity to check-in on all kinds of thing, like:
But training yourself to look for chances to #pause can help more than just your exercise routine.
In fact, the benefits will reach far and wide into every corner of your life if you let them.
And you can take a #pause anywhere, anytime, and it costs absolutely nothing.
With each #pause you gift yourself, you have the opportunity:
…to bring your attention back to the present moment,
…to decide if what you’re about to say to someone is true AND kind AND necessary,
…to double check your actions match your values,
…to calm yourself down when you’re on the edge of that downward spiral,
…to ensure what you say is actually what you mean,
…to steady your reaction when someone pushes your buttons,
…to appreciate what is happening right in front of you, right now,
…to adjust your attitude if necessary,
…to make sure you heard that right,
…to take a deep, refreshing, cleansing breath,
…to let a moment of peaceful stillness find you,
…to remember everyone is doing the best with what they’ve got, and/or
…to feel gratitude that your past decisions have led you here, to today.
And those are only a few possibilities!
Today, I invite you to look for ways to practice the #pause. Tomorrow, I invite you to do the same. In fact, consider it a standing invitation, yours to accept day after day after day.
Notice what kind of beautiful movement it allows into your life and enjoy!