24 Responses to “The Power of the Pause”


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  1. With the holidays around the corner, this is great advice! Even the good happy things in life can prevent us from pausing if we aren’t purposeful about it.

  2. I think that sometimes people see it as not being responsive when they don’t jump on every email, update, or phone call. By batching, we can be more effective and present to the task at hand. I have heard some people say, “Oh, I can’t stand routine. It would bore me to death.” I used to be one of those people who justified my busy-ness. I am always on the lookout for ways to improve and simplify. By placing exercise first thing in the morning (where I can see that beautiful sky to which you’re referring, Courtney!),I ensure I am taking care of myself every day. Only then can I be effective in my work and relationships!

  3. Tina B

    I have a one-hour commute to and from work each day. There isn’t a lot of traffic, so I enjoy looking at the scenery. I love looking at the cows grazing in several fields. I watched the construction of a new hospital. The clouds are always beautiful and unique. Most of all I love watching the giant planes as they land at our large international airport. They look so graceful, slowly floating in. While I wish I didn’t have the length of the drive, I do enjoy the things I get to see along the way and I find it very relaxing.

  4. I thought your original title was fine Courtney. You made your point clear. Some place more importance on the drama of politics and television news than every day life around them. It is easy to pretend you care by spouting off political rhetoric.

    My favorite way to pause is to hike and take photographs. I plan on taking a nice pause tomorrow.

    Dan @ ZenPresence

  5. I love a warm cup of herb tea. I never thought of that as taking a pause, but it is! I think I’ll drink more. ;)

  6. Hattie

    I am new to BeMoreWithLess. Have to tell you….I’m loving it! Look forward to your posts.

  7. Tea is great. We even leave the house to have it. That really gives us a punctuated pause.

  8. Sharon Harding

    I suspect that another reason people are afraid to take a pause is that we are not really comfortable in our own skin. A few years back I got very sick and had no choice but to take an enforced and lengthy pause. I discovered I was terrified of being still and quiet. I chose to stay busy and distracted so I wouldn’t have to face myself. Once I had no choice I found it really wasn’t that terrible. I discovered that I was enough, just as I was.

    • Sharon, I am so glad you discovered that! Your comment really hit home because, in 2006, my health tanked. I am happy to report that, like you, I am enough! Thank you for sharing that. I still have to remind myself…

  9. I take time out each day to walk the dog.
    This used to be a chore when my mind was filled with planning and busyness.
    Since practicing mindfulness my walk has become a pleasant timeout, I often stop to take a photo or two along the way.

  10. Western life is fast paced and reactionary so we need to measure our responses to this culture.

  11. Candice

    It’s such a shame that you had to alter the title to your recent post “Your Vote Doesn’t Count”. If people would have paused and taken the time to actually read and absorb the full post before responding, you probably would have received far less negative feedback. I “pause” in the mornings by using my Japanese Hario coffee pot to brew my coffee rather than hit a button on an electric drip maker (which I use to own). It takes some time and effort but it always calms me as I watch the water trickle through the coffee and fabric filter and smell the wonderful aroma of coffee filling the kitchen. I enjoy being active in that process.

  12. Love that you threw in taking photos- it’s such a great way to be mindful & appreciative at the same time =)

  13. So happy to have stumbled upon your site – I love it and everything you have to say.

    Your tip on taking pictures as a way to slow down is…genius. I’m going to share it with my clients for sure (and send them to you for a daily dose of feel good). Thank you! Francesca

  14. I am so glad I came across this post and your website. I cannot agree more with what you wrote and I found the idea of taking pictures, to bring you back to the present moment is a great idea! I personally like to get on the mat or in the kitchen.

    I wrote recently about our need to slow down and take the time to do nothing. And I have to say that experiencing ‘Sandy’ last week reminded strongly about being in the now.


  15. Dawn

    I thoroughly enjoyed this post and I’ve shared it with two of my friends as well as my husband. Thanks!!

  16. i enjoy your articles. Just wanted to say that the sky is indeed awesome. Here is a picture of the sky and the georgian bay (a large body of water here in Canada): http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonuel/4747448505/lightbox/

    I love the sky! I always take pictures of it too!
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I will have some tea tomorrow before a long meeting.

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