“Scientists have determined that even a centering pause of between just six and ten seconds throughout the day is very effective at resetting and calming our body and mind. As with intentional contemplative practices of long duration, even seconds-long pauses in our daily life have a significant and beneficial effect on developing our ability to pause before overreacting during stressful situations that come up later in the day.

“By pausing to bring your awareness completely into the present moment, in those few seconds you are free from past regrets or future worry, which gives your body and mind a signal and a chance to rest and recover. These pauses can be worked into your everyday life so they become habitual and refreshing.”