If we’re on a long railroad journey and the train stops at a half-way station for ten minutes, it’s nice to get out and stretch our legs.
(Indeed, a friend of mine arranged to meet another friend for a ten-minute catch-up in this exact situation!)
This ten-minute break gives us the opportunity to reset and recalibrate.
We can take a breath of fresh air and feel the sun on our skin and the wind in our hair.
In the same way, it’s good to put ten-minute “pause breaks” into our day, particularly when we notice that the train of thoughts is going faster and faster… and we’re starting to feel like they’re getting out of control.
If we can stop the train by pausing and breathing, we’re able to gain perspective. We can see that the train of thoughts isn’t necessarily taking us anyplace we want to go.
So just stop and look out of the window. Notice your breath. And let the thoughts come and go. Be aware them, but let them pass.
Just ten minutes can make a huge difference.
They can change the entire journey of our day.