Time Out!

Sometimes in this mad world of ours we need to step back and take time out.  I have a friend who has been studying mindfulness.  He has become very good at it.  He is soon going to be able to teach it to others.  It it something that I think we should all endeavour to achieve.  It simply means living in the moment, not in the past or in the future but in the now.  Of course that does not mean we cannot plan ahead, but essentially it is encouraging us not to pre-empt or expect any particular outcome as this often causes us worry and distress.

I am a great believer in things happening as they should.  I have had a multitude of things that have not gone as I had hoped in life, but in all of them I have learned something and often have found that had they worked the way I thought they would it may well have been a disaster!  What will be will be, as they say, and we really have very little control over the way things turn out.  I am very controlling and it’s a hard thing to live with.  I need to practise mindfulness more.

If you want to know more about it visit my friend’s website, The Mind Shed and read a bit more about it.  Leave a comment and say you read about him here, he’d love to hear that.  I hope you get something out of it.

Enjoy the journey!

31 Comments

  • ikechi
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    Reply Reply November 18, 2016

    Hi Mandy

    Yes sometimes it is best to take a time out and let things be. We sometimes want to control every aspect of our lives that we forget about now.

    What a great blog you friend has. Thank you so much for sharing. Take Care
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply December 3, 2016

      Hi Ikechi, thanks for visiting. I am such a controller, I’m afraid. I do recognise the benefits of not being so but find it hard to let go.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  • viki debbarma

    Reply Reply November 18, 2016

    Hi, Mandy it’s worth reading your post…!
    I do agree with your friends thoughts….!
    Thanx for sharing great post.

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply December 3, 2016

      Hi Viki, thanks for visiting. Glad you like Roger’s blog too! I hope you left him a message when you visited it. He’d like that very much.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  • Marquita Herald
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    Reply Reply November 19, 2016

    I gave myself a “Time Out” this summer when I took a month off to move from Hawaii back to the mainland. After working every day since I began the solopreneur journey it felt strange, and yes there was guilt and a bit of worry – at least at first. I kept thinking about how hard I’d worked to build my list and traffic and imagined I’d have to start all over when I returned.

    Instead, I received the most amazing messages from members of my subscriber community thanking me for following my own self-care advice, and when I returned the traffic picked right up and has continued to grow. It was such an amazing experience that I’m already thinking about taking another time out next year – but this time for that vacation I’ve been putting off. 🙂

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply December 3, 2016

      Hi Marquita, thanks for visiting. It’s very beneficial to give ourselves time out, even if it is a short period each day. Being on the go constantly online soaks up our offline time and impedes our enjoyment of the real things in life.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  • Sue Bride
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    Reply Reply November 20, 2016

    I discovered Mindfulness earlier this year when I did a free course on Future Learn. I’ve recently had some health concerns, and medical procedures, and it really helped me through them. I suggested it to my daughter, who has a stressful job, and she is really benefited from it too. There are some good mobile apps that help with practicing.

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply December 3, 2016

      Hi Sue, thanks for visiting. I’m glad you find mindfulness works well for you. It takes some concentration to get it going but once you have mastered it the benefits are phenomenal.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  • Edward Thorpe
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    Reply Reply November 21, 2016

    Hi Mandy,

    ‘Time out’ is a brilliant way to say ‘pay attention to the moment’, isn’t it?

    Thanks for a good read,
    Edward

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply December 3, 2016

      Hi Edward, thanks for visiting. I agree with you. Sometimes we can get too caught up with thinking about past things or possible future things. Be in the moment. It’s the only real place!

      Enjoy the journey!
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    • Sreeja Deva

      Reply Reply December 24, 2016

      Yup! I wanted to say the same. It’s most important to take ‘Time out’.
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  • Ruth Bowers
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    Reply Reply December 3, 2016

    I find it almost as necessary as breathing to be able to take a “time out” and step back from all the noise around me. Practicing mindfulness is a big part of that even thought it’s hard work… especially the letting go of attachments to particular outcomes. 🙂
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply December 3, 2016

      Hi Ruth, thanks for visiting. I agree that time out is so very necessary. I make sure I have a reward for everything I do, so time out after every action really.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  • sazia

    Reply Reply December 15, 2016

    Hi mandy, Great post, Yes living in present moment is very good for health. If we expect something and if fail to get then it leads to stress and tension. Thanks for sharing
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  • Harry Uppal
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    Reply Reply December 20, 2016

    HI Mandy,
    Surely I am going to check your friend’s site but here you have also done a great.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a good day ahead.

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply December 28, 2016

      Hi Harry, thanks for visiting. It’s a great sire to visit on a regular basis!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  • Dhaval Parmar

    Reply Reply December 22, 2016

    Hi Mandy,

    ‘Time out’ is a excellent post way to read and we can say pay attention to your special living,otherwise you will fail to enjoy your life.

    Thanks for a good read.

  • Lydia Brown
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    Reply Reply January 2, 2017

    Hi Mandy, this is a great reminder for me. Sometimes I don’t think about taking a timeout and many times that is all that is required to bounce back.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply January 2, 2017

      Hi Lydia, thanks for visiting. Time out certainly does help you to re charge your batteries. I try to have some time out each day, a special time for me with something to enjoy.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  • Tina Marie
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    Reply Reply January 2, 2017

    Hey Mandy,

    Sometimes we do tend to forget to live in the moment. There are times that I’m so focused on what happens next that I forget to live right now. Before you know it, the day is gone and I missed the opportunity.
    I’m learning more to prioritize because time is the most precious gift that you can never get back
    By the way I can relate to being controlling at times. LOL. We both can work on that.

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply January 2, 2017

      Hi Tina, thanks for visiting. Yes, living in the moment is so important, we do get caught up with what ifs.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  • Rachel Lavern
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    Reply Reply January 6, 2017

    I, too, have been studying and practicing mindfulness for a few years now. I took a vacation from my business for 18 days during the holiday season and just enjoyed life at a slow pace. No holiday hustle and bustle for me.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply January 6, 2017

      Hi Rachel, glad you found time to rest during the festive frivolity! I too took time off and enjoyed the season with family. It makes for a good recharging of the batteries!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  • Mathew Nesbitt

    Reply Reply January 14, 2017

    Me too, I want to take a break and free myself from stress.
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  • Joy Healey
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    Reply Reply February 12, 2017

    Hi Mandy

    Yes, we all need “time out” and will come back to “things” better refreshed.

    My current time out is a visit from my grand-daughters (2 and 4) so it won’t be relaxing, but it will certainly be enjoyable.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply February 13, 2017

      Hi Joy, thanks for visiting. As they say, a change is as good as a rest. Sometimes relaxing doesn’t mean doing nothing, it means doing something you enjoy.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  • Lydia Brown
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    Reply Reply February 12, 2017

    Hi Mandy, Taking time out has become one of my most important thoughts daily. The past year has shown me how important it is to be still sometimes, spend time with family and to take time to appreciate the small things in life.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply February 13, 2017

      Hi Lydia, thanks for visiting. I meditate every morning and agree that taking time out every day is by far the best way.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  • K. Lee Banks
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    Reply Reply February 13, 2017

    This is so important. One of my favorite quotes relates to this, about how dwelling on the past and worrying about the future, only drains our energy that’s intended to help us live in the present.
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