Pema Chödrön recommends what she calls “pause practice” as a way of stepping out of the stream of thoughts and preoccupations that can so easily carry us away during our day. To do the practice, just pause and take three conscious breaths. That’s all.

It is, she says in this article on, “a simple but powerful practice that each of us can do at any given moment.”

Opportunities to do this include:

  •  When you wake up in the morning.
  •  Washing up.
  •  Making tea or coffee.
  •  Brushing your teeth.
  •  In the car, on the bus, standing in line.

“Let it be a contrast to being all caught up,” she writes. “Let it be like popping a bubble. Let it be just a moment in time, and then go on.”

Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun and writer. Her books include “When things fall apart” and “Start where you are.” Her website: The Pema Chödrön Foundation

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