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63. Take a moment for calm

Abraham Lincoln once said: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

If our minds are stressed, we’ll be working inefficiently.

We are all guilty of allowing this inefficiency too, we would often rather sit with our stress than do something about it. We accept it's inefficiencies without question. So today, if stress is with you, take just three minutes to “sharpen your axe” and calm your mind. It allows you to step out of autopilot and into awareness, out of busyness and into being.

You can punctuate your day with this meditation, build it into your practice as a mindful pause between activities. It's also a great way to diffuse negative states of mind before they start to gather unstoppable momentum.

You can also use the three minute breathing space below as an 'emergency meditation' – perhaps if you are in pain or discomfort, or to soothe suffering.

Go on, treat yourself, what is the worst that could happen!

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