Pause – it’s time to relax
Pause - it's time to relax...and re-energise
By Annemaree Rowley of Cool, Calm & Collected
I was asked recently what I did for a living and I replied, “I knock people out”. Well, perhaps that is a simplistic approach, but it was only last Friday evening when I taught yoga to a mother and her daughter that again I had to let myself out of a home while my clients lay dead to the world on the floor. I managed to sidle out of the room, this time past their rather imposing dog, and tiptoed out of their universe without so much as a whimper from canine or human. I received a text some 45 minutes after my departure saying, “well, what a gorgeous relaxation, even the dog thought so!”.
It could be said that I am boring (my voice, that is) or… soothing. Whatever it is, it works and I have been taught by the masters ‘to master’ the art of taking people into a deep state of relaxation. It is a skill I cherish. In fact, when making my recent CD I sent myself to sleep trying to edit it.
But you know, it is not about sleeping. Truly it is not. It is about ‘being awake’ and living in a state of contentment and ease. I know ‘living in the moment’ is for some about as attainable as plucking the moon from the sky, but with practice and patience it is truly possible. We simply need to ‘pause’.
We have about 60,000 thoughts a day. And here is the scary bit, 70 per cent of those thoughts are the same as the ones we had yesterday! Around and around she goes. So if so many thoughts are superfluous, and perhaps even totally useless, isn’t it wise to clear them out and to rest the mind? And truly, can you really rest the body without resting the mind? I don’t think so…
How do we do this? Well, focus! Be mindful! Come out of your headspace into your body.
Pause – to take a deep breath.
Notice the pauses between the breaths.
Pause to look around you and be aware.
Pause to sense the cool air on your skin and the warmth of the sun on your back.
Pause to hear the laughter of children (they live in the moment!).
Pause to say “hello”.
Pause to reflect upon the beauty in your life.
Pause to be playful.
Pause to taste, to hear, to notice the little things.
Pause to expand your heart and offer a helping hand.
Pause to listen to the whispers of your own body (it will soon tell you if it isn’t in good shape).
Isn’t ‘freedom’ our destination? Freedom from fatigue, pain, strain, anxiety and sadness?
Well – pause!
Listen to my boring and/or soothing voice. Chill out for 10 minutes or so and notice just how effective lying down can be; listening to dulcet tones, letting go through the muscles, tendons and ligaments and breathing with ease. How healing! How soothing!
Do it, don’t just think about it… (another wasted thought?).
And this is just what may happen… you will feel more in control of your destiny and confident, focused, creative, energised and peaceful. Sleep will come more easily, body aches will dissolve and anxiety will stay away.
Ask yourself, what do you really want? To pause may just be the answer.
Here we go. Click here to go through a 15 minute relaxation meditation with Annemaree.
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