Whether your anxiety is constantly nagging at you, your days are full to overflowing, or stress is causing you to lose your cool, this simple technique gives you a few moments of peace while giving your mind a chance to reset itself.
This is the technique I learned from reading/listening to Tara Brach’s book Radical Acceptance. She calls it a “sacred pause.”
Psychologist Victor Frankl put it this way, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. “
With this technique, you’re making a conscious decision to disengage from what’s going on in your life by making a strategic retreat into a mentally and emotionally calm and quiet space where you can be present with yourself.
It’s as simple as taking a moment or two to pause, check in with yourself, and connect with what’s going on with you. It’s so easy to do that you can do it as you finish a task, a phone call, or while you’re waiting in line.
Just those few moments out of your day, done multiple times throughout your day, can reduce stress and make it easier for you to respond to what’s happening in your life rather than automatically reacting to it..
Use this technique to boost your success by helping you mentally and emotionally transition from one task to another, prepare for a meeting or recover from one!
The grounding techniques are helpful when you have difficulty connecting with your body. They’re also good techniques to practice if you’re challenged with panic attacks, agoraphobia, other space related phobias, or dissociation experiences.
It’s a useful technique for dealing with panic and anxiety as it gives you a means to briefly retreat so you have a better chance at responding to escalating anxiety rather than having a knee-jerk reaction to it. Used in conjunction with two other techniques, Make a Space, helps you build a firmer foundation from which to deal with anxiety and panic.
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Added June 2, 2016
This is an excerpt from a video where Eckhart Tolle mentions this type of practice. It’s from the video that Dan Harris of ABC did about becoming 10% Happier (also the title of his book.)
Be sure to check out the full video where Dan Harris explains how an on-air panic attack set him on his quest.
For similar practices that help you get through your day, check out the Quick & Easy Meditations