Have you ever noticed how you look or grab for something to fill the space anytime you have to wait? Have you ever been waiting – for someone else – at home – or in an office – and not reached for something to do?

Allowing the space for empty-time, with nothing to do – gives you the opportunity to use waiting time to explore what is – what is happening around you and within you, with gentle, open, curiosity – not judging, not criticizing – just noticing, just breathing. Noticing thought, noticing breath, noticing the feel of your chair, and the ground beneath your feet. Noticing the sounds around you, and not needing to do anything, you may find an unexpected gift in the waiting time you have often dreaded – a moment of peace in the midst of an otherwise busy, stressful day. Simply sitting or stranding in line with nothing else to do but being aware of what is.

Remembering awareness is a gift to your self and others. Please take care.

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Try this the next time you are aware that you feel stressed and want to quiet down the inner chaos quickly. Walking, driving, standing still or sitting, quietly say while breathing in, "I am breathing in, and I am at peace." Say while breathing out, "I am breathing out, and I am at peace." Focus attention on what happens. If you become distracted, simply return your focus to your words and notice what's happening within. Repeat until you notice a shift, and are ready to stop. The cells of the body receive thought as instruction, and they are willing followers to whatever we think. Saying we are at peace allows the body to shift from feeling rushed around, to slowing down, so we can feel quieter inside. With the goal of maintaining balance in all things, use this practice with care, and let awareness be your guide. Sometimes this practice is helpful, and other times, it can be used to distract us from exploring mistaken beliefs that keep us rushing around. Remembering awareness is a gift to yourself and others.

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