The sacred pause doesn't come easily all the time. It often requires forethought or intention. It requires awareness. It requires commitment and dedication. As someone who loves thinking about self-care, slowing down, and ways to build deeper meaning and connection, I'm often craving that feeling of the sacred, of pausing, of the rushing of life stopping for a minute, an hour, or a day. In that pause, whether it can happen once before you eat breakfast in the morning or on a larger scale during a daily walk or personal retreat, there's so much possibility. Pausing allows us to look at what's working and what's not working. It allows us to ask the question: how can I just BE right now? How can I not feel like I'm always somewhere else, thinking about work when I'm home, or wanting to be home when I'm working?
I want to get better at living the moment I'm in now. When you give yourself permission to pause, there's space for beauty. There's deeper presence. There's an opening for joy. This week, I invite you to commit to pausing more often. To taking a breath before you react to others. To give gratitude before your meal. To going for a walk at lunch. Then, use these journaling prompts in the evening to reflect on what pausing has allowed you to do: Where did you pause today? How did you experience beauty today? What do you want to create tomorrow? And know that I'll be doing the same! Remember, you're not alone. We're all just trying to figure out how to move through this crazy world in a way that makes sense. May these reflections, suggestions, poems and offerings bring you deeper into connection with yourself and with the world around you.