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The 3 P’s – Pause, Get Present, Proceed

The beauty of Mindfulness is how easily we can integrate it into everyday activities.  Today’s practice gives us an opportunity to use mindfulness to help us reset ourselves using the 3 P’s.  It can help to have an anchor, a behavioral reminder, to help cultivate this a habit.  An anchor, for example, could be whenever you cross a threshold, place your hand on a door handle or pausing before answering the phone.

The 3 Ps

The 3 P’s – Pause, Get Present, Proceed

Pause: Stop, take a breath, drop in, notice this moment

Presence: Drop in, being aware of what is happening in the moment, experiencing body sensations, noticing thoughts, feeling emotions. Staying present with and accepting whatever arises just as it is moment by moment without reactivity.

Proceed: Using mindful speech and action to respond skillfully, compassionately, and with positive intention to whatever needs attention in this moment.


What do you notice when you regularly practice Pausing, getting Present and then thoughtfully Proceeding?  Can you find a rhythm in this practice?

Lisa Wellington is a Certified Mindfulness Teacher who writes about integrative practices that downshift stress, increase insight, and jumpstart joy.

She is best known for her work with law enforcement professionals as well as those challenged by housing instability and addiction. Trained in the Fine Arts at Washington State University, she specializes in group training that engages participants’ inherent creativity.

If she is not under a stack of books about psychology and spirituality, she can be found at a Puget Sound beach or nearby trail, always searching for the absurd, which is her superpower. 

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