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PAUSE – 14.23 – Are You Breaking The Flow?

Timer-wReflection: What joy it can be to find yourself ‘in the flow’. You’re supremely focused on the task at hand – caught up in concentration and creativity.

Yet, like most of life’s experiences, flow has its shadow side, too.

It’s possible to become so intent on the task at hand that we lose perspective or ignore our body’s calls for attention.

In a painting class I took from acclaimed watercolor artist, Charles Reid, we often worked with a live model. Charles insisted that the model break from the pose every 30 minutes.

Occasionally the model would protest saying he was just fine with sitting longer. Charles always responded, “Well, we’re not.”

Then he’d rise from the stool in front of his easel, stroll around, and step outside for a few minutes to either get some fresh air or smoke his pipe. We all followed his lead – well except for lighting up a pipe!

Newfoundland artist, Keli-Ann Pye-Beshara, takes a similar approach. I’ve watched her live-stream painting demonstrations and seen her set a timer for 30 minutes.

When it rings, she puts down the brush, stands up, and steps away from the work to stretch her neck, her hands and her back. She invites viewers to do the same.


Action: There is a physical release and renewal that comes with these breaks in the flow. An even greater bonus is that you return to your work with a fresh pair of eyes and a freshly rested mind.

Using a timer can help you develop that flow and concentration, too. When you set a timer for 30 minutes and commit to concentrated effort on just one task, you might be surprised at how much progress is possible.

Give it a try today. Treat yourself to a couple of highly focused work spurts followed by a couple of designated pause breaks. You’ll be well on the way to a more productive, ease-filled day.


Quote Of The Week: Taking time out each day to relax and renew is essential to living well. – Judith Hanson Lasater


Resources Of The Week: Not sure what makes for a great stretch? Check out these Stretch & Flex Exercises for upper, mid and lower body.

Want to have some fun with some zany online timers? Try these.


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Life Balance, Overload & Overwhelm, Pause E-zines, Wellness

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