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Good leadership is about taking a pause… part 1

Stillness part 2

What does pause mean in one’s work life and personal life?
The purpose of taking a break is to have a break from the daily hustle and grind.
When we do plan on taking a break, we often end up making a list of things to do to fill time. It takes time to switch off the internal habit of filling up time. Once one reaches that point where one can simply be present and enjoy the surroundings and the present moment it is very helpful.
Creating moments of pause, within our daily day, where one does nothing is very helpful. It helps to stop all the noise the mind has and enables one to go within oneself and find what is important and connect with one’s creativity, listen to what one’s soul and heart or intuition is saying.
Here’s a quick exercise:
Take your right hand and wrap it around your left little finger or the left hand round your right little finger. The little finger is related to the heart and the small intestine. The heart is really important for all of us because the more we are connected to our hearts the more we are connected to what’s really true to us.
When you think back on events and moments one plays back how one feels. That is an emotion. One is feeling and not thinking that one is feeling. There is a difference. The struggle is in getting from our mind to our hearts and into our gut.
What happens in this exercise is that by holding the little finger one is activating the connection with the heart. The heart is all about emotions. It’s about knowing what is deeply true for you and the small intestine is all about choices. When we are in our minds, we often make choices based on the rational side of us. When we move more into the heart we can make decisions from a very different perspective and probably wiser ones at times. The heart provides a very strong energy field in our body.
Here’s a tip:
Whenever you need to calm yourself down and centre yourself wrap your hand around the little finger of the opposite hand for 5 minutes to 20 minutes, depending on the time you have, and you’ll immediately feel more relaxed and calm and able to feel where your intuition is guiding you.
How this helps is that it addresses the necessity of pretending. We often pretend to ourselves that we can go on and have more energy than we really have, resulting in driving ourselves and neglecting what our body is telling us. By doing this exercise we start connecting with our body more often and in a compassionate and curious way.

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About the author, Ross

Behavioural leadership coach committed to bringing more soul into business and reducing a leader's stress in managing their people

2 Comments

  1. Ved Prakash Singh on 08/20/2019 at 3:43 PM

    Interesting, simple and quite different from usual podcasts that one hears… thanks Ross

    • Ross Swan on 08/26/2019 at 5:40 AM

      Thanks Ved

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