Sunday, October 14, 2007

Pausing--The SImple Key to Body Mind Spirit Integration

"Liza in Child's Pose"
photo by Victoria Davis
from Body Brilliance by Alan Davidson

Pausing—taking a break, a rest—rejuvenates the body and prepares it for the next round of exertion. We won’t last too long without stopping to catch our breath. But in these times of over-stimulation, hyperactivity and multi-tasking (admit it: you eat, talk on the phone and drive at the same time), our bodies consume tremendous amounts of energy that must be restored. If we are to thrive, seeking happiness through the harmony of our essential IQs, we must learn to balance performance with rest.

Unplug yourself from the demands of your day and just stop for a few minutes. Take some deep breaths, try to clear your mind of all the chaotic details of modern existence, and focus on some place or event that was happy or beautiful. Sit quietly for ten minutes and relax. Don’t worry; the kids, the telephone, the projects can usually wait for ten or fifteen minutes. You’ll be amazed to discover that the project that seemed out of control before you took a break now seems quite manageable.

Flavius Philostratus, an Olympic athlete trainer in ancient Greece, wrote about the importance of this “work/rest” ratio almost two thousand years ago. More recently, sports psychologists Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz tried to identify what separated the tennis superstars from the good players. Both were technically competent, often sharing similarities of stroke, speed and ability to score. What they discovered is that the top players pursued a small personal ritual to calm their breath and heart rate after and between each point. These “well-intentioned pauses” might be as short as ninety seconds or less, but as techniques to focus the players’ attention for the next stroke they were highly effective.

Love your way,

Alan Davidson, founder of
and author of Body Brilliance:
Mastering Your Five Vital
Intelligences (IQs)’

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