Stop, think. Take a breath and then act.
I wonder how many times we have heard that?
For most of us once will not be enough.
The key to this action is that our brains are in the main working on autopilot.
This is the way we are designed. A battle between conscious and subconscious minds would be a disaster for us so our brains work toward solving the problem. The subconscious mind does what it needs to do, preparing hormones, moving blood supply.
All the things we need to do in order to get across the road safely and without death – it is designed to keep you alive.
The problem with have is that that one mind of us is a bit to powerful. In that it keeps us on automatic pilot, keeps us safe from making decisions.
That is why some car journeys pass without incident and we can’t remember all of the journey – as if by magic. But it’s not only car journeys, it applies to a lot of things, we spend much of our our day not noticing.
This is why the advice to stop, breathe and then act makes so much sense. The action brings us off autopilot, to be aware of what is going on around us and then to decide what to do next.
This is why meditation works. It brings us to the hear and now, present. This is when we can make our best decisions. In this present moment – which of course is the only one we have. The last one has gone and the next one has not arrived yet.
Life is one moment to the next.
Breathe, pause. You’ll thank me for it.