In”Why There’s More to Taking a Break than Just Sitting There,” Dov offers wise and thoughtful guidance on how to take a pause:
Meditation rooms, unplugging, digital Sabbaths, reflection retreats, mindfulness classes–it seems like everyone is clamoring to find a pause button in the face of our always-on, socially connected, fear-of-missing-out lives.
There’s definitely something happening here with pauses, but it isn’t exactly clear that we’re putting our pauses to good use…
When we pause, we can do so simply for the sake of taking a breather, or we can do so to conduct deeper and more profound business. When we do the latter, we reconnect with our values, principles, and deep-seated beliefs. This reconnection allows us to reimagine and rethink what we’re doing through the lens of our values, and we carry that work back to our daily grind with a greater awareness and stronger connection to who we are and what we value.
That’s how our pauses should work. Mindfulness is about sharp ening our consciousness, and our consciousness links to our conscience, which is a moral faculty.