Pause - An Exercise in Mindfulness

For this term's Yoga and Meditation course I introduced a weekly take-home exercise, an optional activity to introduce students to tools and techniques that they can implement into their daily lives.

Pause! Stop for a moment and tune into your senses.

This week's exercise is one that I've read in posts by a number of mindfulness teachers, namely, for students to find moments during their days to pause, be still, and notice what they can see, hear, smell, feel and taste.

I also love time prompts in Instagram community events where everyone participating takes and posts a photo of that moment. So I set up a "mini" Instagram event. Feel free to join in if you're interested!

The Pause! Event

  • There are no rules.
    • Start whenever you want.
    • Post as little or as much as you like.
  • Choose your moments.

    As this event originated as a weekly exercise, it was designed to provide four moments during a 7-day period where students could be still and sense what is around them:

    • 12:34pm on Day 1 or 2
    • 6:21pm on Day 3 or 4
    • 10:46am on Day 5 or 6
    • 8:12am on Day 7

    This event will continue to Friday 7 December, the end of the college term, so your seven days can be any seven days within that period and don't have to be consecutive.

    Tip: Schedule your moments into your calendar.

  • Post to your favourite social media app.

    I'm most active on Instagram but you can also find me on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Tag your posts with #lly_pause so those participating can find your posts.

Any questions? Contact me.