Pausing PDF E-mail

daisy's dock girlWelcome to Finding Pause, my small attempt to make more room in my life, and hopefully in the lives of others, for what I am calling the sweet spots, those moments where the chatter of our daily lives quiets, the deep hum of our inner calm vibrates, and we engage our lives and the world from a more rooted, easeful, and aware place.

For me, certain activities foster pause, such as yoga, writing, playing with my children, walking in the woods, gardening, or just focusing on my breath and letting the rest of the world rage on outside of me for a little while. 

Sometimes it is hard to know what will bring me pause, or it is hard for me to regularly and purposefully engage in the activities that I know work. I am using this blog to write about my own voyages to the land of pause, in part to encourage myself to keep on truckin' and making my way there, and in part to encourage others to find pause in their own lives.

Peace and pauses all around,

Daisy 

 

LATEST BLOGS AND OTHER BANTER  

My latest blogs have been living elsewhere and are primarily focused on yoga.  

SURYA NAMASKARA. SUN SALUTATION.

Take the step. On your mat.

Stand with your feet parallel, hip-width apart. Lift and spread your toes. Draw energy up from the earth into your legs, hugging muscles to bones. Move the tops of your thighs back and spread your sitting bones, creating more curve in your low back. Draw your navel to spine, lengthening your tail bone to the earth. Press your toes down. Roll the head of your arm bones up and back, hugging shoulder blades more firmly on your back, chest lifts, palms open. Soften your lower ribs into your body. Reach the crown of your head toward the sky.

Breathe. In and out through your nose, 6-10 full deep breaths.

Tadasana. Mountain pose.

 

Keep pressing into your feet. Inhale and reach your arms up, palms facing each other. Again, anchor tail bone toward earth and draw lower ribs into body. Spread your fingers. Keep reaching through your fingertips, and soften the sweet spot where your neck meets your shoulders. Bring head in line with spine.

READ MORE>>

There are also a handful of pieces on elephant journal about creating a daily yoga practice for yourself:

Borne of these pieces, I have created a new blog home for yogis in particular, Yoga Nag, "encouraging" friends, students, and strangers to practice yoga on their own, one pose at a time.  If you are interested in following me there or signing up for a Nag-A-Day, go to Yoga Nag.  

MAKING YOUR WAY AROUND FINDING PAUSE

The small menu above has several links. One is the Past Pauses tab, where you can find descriptions and links to all of my previous blogs. There are blogs about creative projects, such as zentangling and making snow flakes. There is also a series of pieces on loss and saying farewell, On the Cusp and My Mama's Daughter, a piece about providing relentless affection for ourselves, as well as the most popular blog of all, Pause for P**sy, among others.  Pause around and see what you find.

 There is another link to an area on Pausing for Yoga that has some tips on practicing yoga with relentless affection for yourself and with relentless attention to your alignment.

{this moment} is a photographic pause, a captured moment.  It is a single photograph, no words, a concept borrowed from Soule Mama.

To the right, there are details about me, Finding Pause, yoga with me, as well as books and other sites I love.

For more details on the inspiration for Finding Pause, see A Beautiful Boy in Blue.

Finally, to stay up to date on my journey, you can like  Finding Pause on Facebook to get updates when I post a new blog. 

 

Follow Finding Pause

If you "like" Finding Pause on Facebook, new posts will appear in your news feed.  Or just check back here every week or so, when you find your own pause, and see if I have.   

About Finding Pause

Brought to you by a beautiful boy in blue, this blog is my attempt to pause for the sweet spots--those moments, oftentimes slippery little cracks in the foundation of our daily lives--that give us pause, that don't take our breath away, but give us breath.  I suppose it is a stop and smell the flowers reminder, but my name is Daisy so that feels a little cliche.  And it isn't easy. I started the site almost a year before it went live, so I get that finding pause is a constant work in progress for all of us.  Yet, just like those fleeting seconds at the top or bottom of your breath, between inhale and exhale, the pauses are always there--waiting for us to inhabit, explore, and experience.  I hope to encourage myself, and anyone who takes the time to pause here, to find a little more pause in each day for silence, yoga, creativity, love, play, or whatever it is that restores you.  Pause.

About Me

Who am I?  Well, that is a long story, right?  How to describe ourselves in a paragraph, in a column, in a page?  Impossible. If you want to read more about me, my blogs are the place to go.  Or check out my  quick summary of all that I am in a few short paragraphs.

About Yoga with Me

Yoga is a great tool for finding pause. Join me weekly in classes at several yoga studios in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC.  My current schedule is available at Yoga Nag.

Pause Around

 

Herein lie links to others who are making time to pause:

Cate Whittemore, my beautiful sister, artist extraordinaire.

Whittemore Guitars, exquisite guitars hand designed and crafted by my talented brother.

Osborne Family Maple, pausing for a little sweetness, these good friends tap trees and make organic syrup that will give you pause. 

Soule Mama, hard to describe the wonder of this woman and family, but her blog is worth your pause. 

 

 

Pause with Books

Books I consider good friends, some passing, others loyal and true:

Amazon Store: Finding Pause for Books