To Pause or Not to Pause
The act to pause is an art to be cultivated. A pause awakens the parasympathetic system or yin in chinese medicine, relaxing our body and causing us to be calm. Our bodies ability to relax, digest our foods, and provide restoration are managed by this system.
Realistically, our days are filled with busyness that is often over-ruled by the sympathetic system or yang in chinese medicine. This imbalance causes: poor sleep, digestive issues, muscle tension, anxiety, brain fog, hormonal issues and much more.
So, how do we bring about a balance to ensure wellness?
Here are some recommendations:
Beginning the day with gratitude and setting intentions
Purposefully, pausing, taking a moment to listen and understand "how" to respond or react
Learning to stay in the "present moment"
Embracing the surroundings - close your eyes, listen, smell, taste, and see
Listen to how your body, mind and spirit resonate in the surroundings
Enjoy your passions - hobbies, sport, music
Do what you love and you will love what you do :)
Smile, pauses any negativity that may be brewing within
Hum and sing through-out your day (stimulates the vagus nerve)
Take the time to end your day with thankfulness
There is so much we can do to keep ourselves balanced, being true to one's self and honouring our body, mind and spirit.
Pause..it is an artful act of honour and respect to our deep inner voice and person.