Make a break

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Before you read any further, take a moment to breathe in deeply and exhale slowly 3 times.

Clouds in the sky

Take a moment to look around you in the room and find something you haven’t noticed before. A light fixture, a loose screw, something on the floor.

Ceiling fixtures

When was the last time you did that? When was the last time you were present in the room where you are, in the moment, in your body?

Becoming aware of the here and now pulls you out of autopilot and gives you a chance to pause and decide what to do next. Just making the conscious decision to do something is likely to help you focus on the things that are important instead of just urgent or easy.

This awareness is something you can train your brain to do better by practicing in your daily life. If you want to seriously buff up your awareness, then the equivalent of hitting the gym is formal mindfulness practice.

Free weight gym equipment

Thank you for reading and taking a moment for yourself. Can you think of someone in you’re life who could benefit from reading this post and taking a break from buzzing around?

Bumblebee on a flower

Originally published 20150910 at