Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Time out!

In today's audioblog, I talk about the art of the time-out: the practice of occasionally returning to the present moment in the midst of your daily life. My recording time ran out at the very end of this post, so please forgive the abrupt conclusion!

this is an audio post - click to play


At 12:41 PM, Blogger Brett said...

Great idea on the bathroom thing. I had heard the part about the bell, but this seems like a great way to make it into a habit. Thanks again for posting these. I find them very helpful ...

At 12:18 PM, Blogger John said...

Good stuff!! I do this a lot during my day. This morning I had a very pleasant mindfulness practice period while walking from my car to my desk in the office. I've recently started parking in the farthest spot with the intention of trying to loose a little weight. But I've found that I'm not really doing it because of that anymore. I've discovered that I really like to walk and have been enjoying my morning walking meditations (even in the rain!!). Taking the time to really feel the pavement beneath my feet, the sun on my face, the leg muscles contract and relax. It’s really a wonderful way to bring yourself back to truly experiencing your body for what it is in the present moment.

Thank you for your insights in these posts. I find them very helpful reminders.


At 3:46 PM, Blogger Lorianne said...

Brett, I chuckled when I heard the "bathroom break" suggestion...but the more I thought about it, the more sense it made. Since our bodies automatically "remind" us to take "the pause that refreshes," why not take a mini-meditation break as well? :-)

John, as a parent, I'm *sure* you've learned how to take advantage of any little spot of silence you can find! I find walking to be hugely meditative, so I'm glad you've tweaked your routine to allow yourself more opportunity to do it.

At 10:59 AM, Anonymous Planethalder said...

Just listening to your recording -- in the midst of a busy, hectic work day -- soothed me. I think I might now find other uses to go to the bathroom at work from now on. Thank you for reminding me that "retreating to the present moment" can occur at any time.

At 9:30 PM, Blogger Lorianne said...

Given how hectic work can get, I think we *especially* need to find ways to make our workplaces saner. Since employers are required by necessity to allow potty breaks, why not use them for their full benefit. They don't call them "restrooms" for nothing!

Thanks for taking the time to comment!


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