Pause and Reflection is an important tool in life and mindset coaching. It is a practice that taps you out of the action and into self-inquiry, awareness, and noting what is coming up for you at that moment. When you are in the thick of things in life, it can be challenging to notice the ideas, the lighthearted moments, the things you would like to improve, and perhaps some choices you need to make. It's so much easier to be distracted and keep it moving isn't it?
In the spirit of distraction and in anticipation for the new movie, The Matrix Resurrections coming out in December, I did a rewatch of The Matrix and it remains (for me) a pretty revolutionary movie when it premiered. Bullet time, stop motion, and the cool cinematography set it apart. The story rolled the coolness of technology with the dangers of it into one. I still appreciate the core message from this first installment, What happens when we lose human connection or when machines evolve faster than humans do?
One of the things humans can do, is pause and reflect. When Neo is having his first experiences in a new world with a new companion, he is enthralled with everything around him. As Morpheus is walking and talking on the busy street, Neo is trying to keep up, looking and absorbing all that is around him. Morpheus picks up on Neo's energy and calls out the shift in Neo's attention, "Were you listening to me Neo? Or were you looking at the woman in the red dress?" This scene continues to support me in summoning up the power to pause. Wouldn't it be GREAT to pause life sometimes and take a look?
You can. Whether it's through journaling, walking, or sitting for a series of moments, you can stop everything and take stock of all that is around you. Morpheus breaks The Matrix down for Neo. (Didactic learning work here) and then there's a little space for Neo to take it all in and Morpheus recognizes Neo's capacity for greater things - a hero. We can look at the soulful, spiritual, thoughtful, playful, and dreadful aspects of an idea or thought and circle back to what is truly important right now.
For Neo, it was shifting to learning mode and not sheeple mode.
For you, what can you shift to after a pause and reflection?
Here's a few steps to get started:
Repeat in 5-7 days.
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Keep looking, learning, and moving on.
Elaine Dizon is a Filipina American Life and Mindset Coach, speaker, storyteller, mother, and runner. She is also a recognized Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion at AT&T. In her coaching practice, life-intention-action, she uses an iterative approach to support her clients in deepening their core values, tapping into their inner wisdom, and creating habits and rituals that support their goals. She helps clients get out of their own way, move past stopping points, and to reckon with fixed mindsets that disrupt showing up authentically in professional and personal spaces through brain training exercises and tools geared towards mindfulness.