The Art of Pausing

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.

Goethe

In a world that never stops moving, the need to slow down, reflect, and reconnect
with the essence of who we are, is more important than ever.

We’re forced to do more with less, frantically speeding down the highway of our days, going from task to task, our minds racing, our hearts filled
with worry, fearful of what might happen if we took our foot off the pedal.

We live in extraordinary times. Our times are fraught with uncertainty and constant change and there’s no end in sight. We need our strength, determination, and clarity of mind but the speed of life and our ingrained habits are working against us.

Do you ever catch yourself say: “I didn’t even get the chance to breathe today” or “What a day! I’m out of breath.”

We’ve mastered the art of doing but what about the art of being?

Our phones have become an extension of ourselves. Waves of information are coming at us all day long, the quality of our lives is being judged
on social media, and by the time our head hits the pillow at night, we can’t remember what the day looked like.

The pace of our lives is unforgiving and for that, we pay a high price. People of all ages are dealing with burn out, exhaustion, anxiety, loneliness, depression, intolerance, and hopelessness. Our ability to focus and be effective is compromised.

Emotions are heightened and satisfaction is low. Our time is not our own. Something has got to give.

We must each find our own path to simplicity by asking: “How is my life overly complicated?
Where is it too much? Are my days too crowded or rushed, and if so, how can I change this?
Do I take one step at a time, one day at a time, or is my mind so busy planning the future, that
I don’t savor what is immediately in front of me?”

Michael Gellert “The Way of the Small”

If there’s enough time in a day to do all the crazy and often unnecessary things we do, why do we claim there’s not enough time in a
day to do the things that really matter?

Like taking a few minutes to pause, breathe deeply, and recognize how we feel in this very moment? Or, when we are with our children, a friend, or
our co-workers, and we can’t stop thinking about what comes next? What if instead of losing our selves in what comes next, we stayed present
with ourselves and those we’re with? Would the world come to a full stop? Would we have failed our to-do-list?

Think of a time when someone said something you didn’t like, or you were caught off guard, and instead of taking a deep breath and
becoming mindful of your response, you snapped right back and escalated the situation? I’m not trying to say that we should never snap back or
protect ourselves from an attack. What I’m saying is, we can try to be more mindful with our responses. This is not meant to be an exercise in
self-righteousness, self-blame, or shame. It’s an exercise in awareness and self-ownership.

Pausing to breathe and be present with ourselves can make all the difference in how we experience life. It can drastically change our
perspective of the present moment and the situations we find ourselves in.

The practice of pausing strengthens our mental clarity, empowers our decision making
and supports our well being.

Giving ourselves the gift of pausing in the midst of chaos can ground us, infuse us with much needed energy, and help us to focus on what matters.

I invite you to join me for The Art of Pausing.

The Art of Pausing is designed to jump start or renew your commitment to living mindfully.

During our time together, we’ll have the chance to:

  • Reflect on what pausing means to you
  • Explore the benefits of pausing and being present with yourself
  • Create opportunities for pausing in the course of your day
  • Engage your creativity as a gateway to pausing, and
  • Renew your commitment to creating space in your daily life for being present.

How it works

  • This two-week course is structured as a virtual retreat.
  • You can participate alone or with a group.
  • In the two-week period we’ll meet three times via Zoom.
  • In between sessions, you get to practice what we discussed and share your insights via our online platform. I’ll be right there with you, reading your responses, answering your questions and giving you feedback.

Tuition for this course: $85

Payment accepted via PayPal or Venmo (@Yota-Schneider).

You can register by using the form below. Once I hear from you, I’ll forward additional details and an invoice.

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