Pausing is an introductory mindfulness practice, but it offers a feasible and practical technique with which to start. Over time, training attention and awareness enhance cognitive functioning and contribute to emotional balance.
I turned on the radio. The station we usually listen to was playing a holiday song, and that was followed by another. From past years, I knew that their playlist would now be straight-up holiday music for the next month or so. That's when I got the idea.
I think I may be the world's worst meditator. I've tried it off and on since my 20s, and I love the concept: quieting the mental noise, clearing away the chatter for a period of time, inviting stillness. But I am so bad at it.