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Great blog from Zen Habits...thought it would help the fasters

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10 Feb 2012 09:07 #9931 by Lisafast
Lisafast created the topic: Great blog from Zen Habits...thought it would help the fasters
I don't get a lot of email because I recently unsubscribed to a ton of blogs and ezines, however, I've kept receiving from zenhabits.com because the posts are so valuable. Since we were talking about how hunger comes in waves and how if you just wait it out and it will pass, I thought this blog was relevant. I hope you enjoy it. You can subscribe or just peruse the site.

The Pause Upon Which All Else Relies
Posted: 09 Feb 2012 07:56 AM PST
Post written by Leo Babauta.
There is one little habit I’ve learned that has changed everything else in my life.
The pause.
When we fail, it’s because we act on urges without thinking, without realizing it. We have the urge to eat junk, and we do it. We have the urge to check email instead of writing a chapter of our book, and so we open our inbox. We have an urge to smoke, to drink, to do drugs, to chew our nails, to play a Facebook game, to procrastinate, to skip a workout, to eat more fries, to criticize, to act in jealousy or anger, to be rude … and we act on that urge.
What if instead we learned to pause after each urge? What if we stopped, looked at that urge, paid close attention to what it feels like inside our bodies, but didn’t act?
The urge would no longer control us. We would be able to make conscious choices that might be healthier for us, help us be happier.
If we can pause, we create space. Space to breathe, to think, to be without acting.
The pause is the answer to so many of our problems. Such a small thing, and so powerful.
To develop the pause, notice your next urge. Is it an urge to go check something online? Or eat something you know isn’t healthy for you? Pay attention to the urge, learn as much as you can about it. If you act on it after the pause, that’s OK. Just notice it, and pause, and pay attention.
Do it again for the next urge, and the next. You will get good at it with practice, and you’ll have lots of opportunities to practice.
The urges won’t go away, but your ability to pause will get stronger. And when you have the pause, you have everything.

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10 Feb 2012 10:07 #9934 by mhaiyarn76
mhaiyarn76 replied the topic: Re: Great blog from Zen Habits...thought it would help the fasters

LisaSchaeffer wrote: I don't get a lot of email because I recently unsubscribed to a ton of blogs and ezines, however, I've kept receiving from zenhabits.com because the posts are so valuable. Since we were talking about how hunger comes in waves and how if you just wait it out and it will pass, I thought this blog was relevant. I hope you enjoy it. You can subscribe or just peruse the site.

The Pause Upon Which All Else Relies
Posted: 09 Feb 2012 07:56 AM PST
Post written by Leo Babauta.
There is one little habit I’ve learned that has changed everything else in my life.
The pause.
When we fail, it’s because we act on urges without thinking, without realizing it. We have the urge to eat junk, and we do it. We have the urge to check email instead of writing a chapter of our book, and so we open our inbox. We have an urge to smoke, to drink, to do drugs, to chew our nails, to play a Facebook game, to procrastinate, to skip a workout, to eat more fries, to criticize, to act in jealousy or anger, to be rude … and we act on that urge.
What if instead we learned to pause after each urge? What if we stopped, looked at that urge, paid close attention to what it feels like inside our bodies, but didn’t act?
The urge would no longer control us. We would be able to make conscious choices that might be healthier for us, help us be happier.
If we can pause, we create space. Space to breathe, to think, to be without acting.
The pause is the answer to so many of our problems. Such a small thing, and so powerful.
To develop the pause, notice your next urge. Is it an urge to go check something online? Or eat something you know isn’t healthy for you? Pay attention to the urge, learn as much as you can about it. If you act on it after the pause, that’s OK. Just notice it, and pause, and pay attention.
Do it again for the next urge, and the next. You will get good at it with practice, and you’ll have lots of opportunities to practice.
The urges won’t go away, but your ability to pause will get stronger. And when you have the pause, you have everything.


Hey Lisa I love this. Made me reflect on myself....:)

" I dont have a soul...I AM A SOUL, I HAVE A BODY" by India.Arie :)

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