- Reduction of stress
- Improved physical health
- More present, intimate, and loving relationships
- Heightened sensory awareness and enjoyment of the natural beauty around us
- Greater peace of mind and serenity
- Dramatically improved ability to be productive and creative and to stay focused
If it's true as Mr. Carlson said that "The truth is, our thinking will always create the reality we perceive" then it is a good idea in my mind to slow down enough to know just what it is I am thinking. If I think "wow so-n-so said this or that so he's a real asshole" then I'm thinking in a negative way, therefore my judgements are negative. If I instead think "wow so-n-so said this and it's effecting me" I'm taking the time to connect to myself and not judge this person. I can have a feeling about what was said without assuming to know who or how this person is.
Taking the time to pause & know what our feelings really are certainly takes the dramatic zip out of a given argument or discomfort, but in the end, we connect more deeply to our hearts & hopefully one another. Just like anything, pausing is a practice that we will most likely do imperfectly till the day we leave this earth, but we can keep trying for the sake of ourselves and our future.