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Pause.Breathe.Reset

I would love to tell you that I have a well organized set of themes for the articles I write, but that simply isn't the case. As I navigate through my own personal journey I find myself inspired by the wonderful people in my life or by the experiences of my day. These three words were captioned on the post of one of my dear friend's Facebook page and I felt as if they jumped off the screen and into my spirit.

PAUSE...because life is rapidly happening around us and if we aren't careful it can be overshadowed by a pool of regrets, complaints, and dissapointments. No, these words aren't meant to drag you down or make you feel guilty, but to acknowledge that it's often easier for us to focus on what's wrong than to step back and see all that's right in our lives.

BREATHE....something we autonomicallly do, but often in a rapid and shallow way. Yet, there's something very different about intentionally allowing ourselves to breathe deeply and check in with ourselves. Whenever I hear this word it reminds me of watching my mom struggle through her last few months battling cancer. Her breathing was so labored and during the days when the air was too thick, she was trapped inside where she could control the air. It was at that moment that I realized how much we under value our ability to breathe freely.

RESET...defined as the act of making and adjusting so something is ready to work again, but with different settings. Resets are necessary in every area of our lives and they don't have to wait until the next Monday (smile). I believe the rising and setting of the sun are our greatest reminder that we have constant opportunity to begin again, to do things differently, to live in a way that declares what we want to manifest in our lives.

Somewhere along the way our culture has given great value to being as busy as possible. We rationalize it and call it "being productive". It has become a status symbol, how we affirm ourselves, and how we seek validation from others. Yet in parallel, it makes us feel inadequate, unaccomplished, and perpetually not good enough. It's a trap!

At the end of my podcasts I encourage listeners to give themselves permission to breathe. I encourage you today to do the same, do it often, and live life with greater ease.

"And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling.

This is important! And this is important! You need to worry

about this! And this! And this! And each day, it's up to you to

yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say.

NO, THIS IS WHAT'S IMPORTANT."

~Ian Thomas

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