Listen to the audio
Read Pause Pub pages: Hit the Pause Button, Pause Pub Welcome, Clear the Way and this Module 1 “First Day…” below.
Get clear on YOUR “Compelling Why” to start (this can and likely will change over time). It’s very intentional that the first module starts with Why rather than diving into How, and having you meditate right away. I’d be delighted if you spent a week contemplating the power of pause and whatever else may be getting stirred up for you before you force yourself into a new habit. Challenge yourself to clarify the myths, excuses and personal resistance that might get in the way (e.g. I don’t have time & this is personal or “soft”).
After suggested reading and listening, fill in these blanks:
I am more aware of ____________. I promise myself ____________.
First Day in a New School of Thought
Good morning, class :-) Let’s breathe, shall we? Let’s start with some agreements (you know how groups often start with this, and someone says things like confidentiality or no advice-giving and we raise our hands like good little boys and girls). Consider these “permission slips” please:
You don’t have to still your mind.
You don’t have to shave your head.
You don’t have to sit still.
You don’t have to close your eyes.
You don’t have to find a guru or be spiritual or let someone’s karma run over your dogma.
You don’t have to figure out how to be in the present moment or try to control what is happening when you meditate.
You don’t have to be a good boy or good girl. :-) (Actually, you’ll be encouraged to not perpetuate that if it’s been a subconscious, self-sabotaging pattern in ways, so stay tuned for that exploration.)
You don’t have to be in tranquil silence, in pretzel leg position, burning incense in a temple. (A busy airport might be a great practice lab- we’ll explore why together.)
You don’t have to feel great after you’ve meditated.
Want an even longer list? Here’s an article with 34 misconceptions.
You don’t have the read the long article. :-)
You don’t have to meditate!
There are levels of the benefits and practice of pause. It includes meditation/ mindfulness practices, yet can also refer to inspired leadership work, coaching, a thoughtful, awareness-shifting group & homework, deeper inner re-programming, a time-out or transition in your life, and vital strategic considerations for your business.
Sadly, too many bright achievers fall into the pursuit of busyness rather than smart stewardship of their true business.
In your willingness to PAUSE, you are redirecting that inertia. You are tapping into a real power that can unleash your greater potential, fulfillment, prosperity, impact and pragmatic effectiveness every day.
The inner deeper fuels the higher outer.
From quiet reflection will come even more effective action. - Peter Drucker
“Extra Credit” Homework :-) Powerful Questions:
Consider the pole vaulter metaphor. What is a high bar that is a tangible aspiration for you? Name something about who you want to BE in addition to what you want to do.
How often and how well do you hit the pause button already? Score 0-10. What number would you like to be honoring and what could that look like? This could include meditation as well as quality strategic pauses, coaching conversations, physical exercise or other ways of “mastering your energy” to be at your best.
Read the paragraph on the Hit the Pause Button page about freedom (excerpt repeated below). What does this stir up for you? What are your own possible inner voices and outer constraints? What could your fully unleashed, Authentic Self be up to? What do you really want?
In my deepest heart, this is what I want to share with you; freedom. Freedom from the self-punishing and performance-pushing voices in our heads (especially the ones you are not fully aware of trying to run you). Freedom from the cultural constraints insidiously suppressing you from being your best self and enjoying the life you are meant to lead. Freedom to be the instrument you are uniquely here to be. We need your aliveness and your no-more-avoiding authenticity unleashed and
we want you to be happy.
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