Everywhere I go, people seem to be in a rush. The holidays have come and gone, but the urgency associated with the season stays. Horns are honking, people are pushy, and everyone’s on their phone texting instead of being present.

Yet, we’re simultaneously getting messages to pause, be still, take a breath. The opportunity awaits us in every moment.

It’s there when someone we love is grieving or upset. It beckons us to be quiet, listen and be present before jumping into minimize their pain with encouragement or consoling words.

It’s the moment after someone hurts, angers or disappoints you.

It’s the moment following an email or text written, but not yet sent.

It’s the moment you feel ill and want to immediately check the internet to self-diagnosis what you have.

Doing nothing seems easy. But it takes guts to let whatever you’re feeling sink in. It takes courage to take a breath when everything in your being wants to immediately react.

Whether you’re dealing with grief, illness, unhappiness or being a better parent, perhaps the key isn’t necessarily to do nothing, but to pause long enough to feel what you’re feeling and then decide what to do next. Hope our top posts this week helps you do just that!

{Flickr photo by deeplifequotes}

{Flickr photo by deeplifequotes}

The Loss of A Child to Suicide: Complicated Pain
(Healing Together for Couples) – Losing a child is an unimaginable, incomprehensible thought. Yet, there are parents who are desperately trying to survive in the wake of their child’s suicide. Read and pass on this post full of help and hope for those suffering.

Yoga and ADHD Treatment – Part I
(ADHD from A to Zoë) – Yoga is good for the body, mind and ADHD? Here is the relationship between yoga and ADHD treatment and how it can help heal you.

5 Year Blog Anniversary and My Top 10 Favorite Posts from 2013
(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – Happy 5 year blogiversary Mindfulness & Psychotherapy! If you’re a fan or new to his blog, you’ll want to go here to read his best posts plus get a few bonuses to help you live happier and more mindfully.

Hanna Rosin Dissed Mindful Parenting Because She Doesn’t Understand It
(Mindful Parenting) – Mindful parenting. Another self-help fad? If you think mindful parenting is just another parenting approach you don’t have time for, read this. This blogger explains what it really is.

Why Depression Isn’t Always The Reason For Sadness
(Caregivers, Family & Friends) – Feel stuck, stagnant or hopeless? Before you seek medication or a clinical diagnosis, consider the possibility that what you have could be less serious. Read here to find out what it could be instead.