Do you know when it's time to S.T.O.P
Sometimes, even after having a good formal morning mindfullness practice, our day can turn out to be just, ONE OF THOSE DAY'S when it's all to easy to get caught up in all the stresses and activities of what we consider to be our normal everyday daily lives, when we are rushing around on atuopilot, not really sure of how we are feeling and what we are thinking, "sounds very familier does'nt it" By introducing the STOP practice it can help you positively change the way your day is shaping up.
S.T.O.P is an acronym
S = Stop what you are currently doing, just pause for a moment.
T = Take one or more abdominal breaths, Re-connect with your breath, your breath is your anchor to the present moment.
O = Observe your thoughts, feelings and sensations in this moment, noticing what IS happening.
P = Proceed mindfully what you were doing, or don't, use the information you have gathered during your observation to maybe change your course of action.
Reminding yourself to stop during your day will increase your awarness of what is actually going on around you and inside you, helping you recognize when your body is feeling tense, ( have you been sitting at your desk longer than you should have? ) having this awareness will allow you to change things before you get to feeling unnessary pain, or just noticing that you are thirsty or hungry, so a break might be helpful. The more you use STOP during the day with any difficult stressful situation you find your self in, the more you will begin to re-engage with the reality of the situation and how to change the outcome and also help in calming the busyness of your mind.
So take that break and STOP