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A season of pause

by Yvanne Dandan

COVID-19 has certainly taken us all on a rollercoaster ride, hasn’t it? Apart from frontline workers and those part of essential services, we have all been repeatedly asked to stay home in order to help #flattenthecurve.

I am usually a very on-the-go person with a full agenda of activities. Being at home almost all hours of the day, seven days a week is out of my comfort zone. I must admit; the first few days of quarantine were challenging for me to navigate. One of the concerns on my mind was, “how am I supposed to be productive during this time?” However, this uneasiness only revealed to me just how much I needed this “pause button” in my life right now. I am re-discovering the importance of slowing down. During this season of pause, I have already learned many things. The following quotes encompass how I feel very well. They might just resonate with you as well:

  • “God is more interested in what He’s doing TO you then what He’s doing THROUGH you”
  • “Don’t forget that our primary role is still to be a human being, not a human doing.”
  • “Once she stopped rushing through life, she was amazed at how much more life she had time for”
  • “If you don’t even have 30 minutes to take a mindful break, you definitely need at least an hour”
  • “Your worth is not defined by your productivity”

I want to encourage you to do some simple reflection and ask yourself, “How do I spend my time?” Whatever your answers are to that question, I hope they follow the general themes of joy, love, and peace. I hope that you can also find the beauty in slowing down your days simply by – being.

I would like to leave you with a slow and beautiful moment to experience for yourself when you wake up tomorrow morning.

Begin your day slowly by engaging your five senses:

  1. Open your eyes and bring your attention to finding something in your room that you may have not noticed in a while. If you make this part of a daily practice, make sure not to look at the same thing every morning. In ensuring you look for variety, this tells your mind that you are awakening to a different and new day.
  2. Listen to the sounds around you. What do you hear? Do you hear sounds from the outside? Anything else?
  3. Feel the comfort of your bed and surroundings. It’s a blessing that you have a place of rest.
  4. Drink a nice glass of water and taste how it nourishes you and how dehydrated your body was from the hours spent asleep.
  5. Take a deep the breath in and smell the air around you, knowing that with each breath you take, that is a sign of life.

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