The privilege to choose a sabbatical mindset

The privilege to choose a sabbatical mindset

As the end of the year approaches and people celebrate year end cultural traditions…it’s a great time to check in on yourself.  How are you doing?  When you made 2020 New Year resolutions (or intentions as we like to say here at Conscious Pause) – who would have ever thought that you would find yourself in this place, time or situation.  You made it through a year of such change, uncertainty and for some, loss and sadness. 

This year has surfaced difficult conversations, kept us apart from our loved ones, and meted out hardships and some days it’s easy to only see what we haven’t been given. 

Despite these circumstances, life, can be met with gratitude and the perspective of privilege – every day.  If you feel grateful to be alive and with what you have…we will see abundance and opportunity everywhere.   

Many of us haven’t had the chance to really reflect on this year because we were just surviving and using our energy to adapt. That is exhausting and we are all tired.  

So, we invite you to slow down. When you slow life down for long enough and often enough, life itself will feel like a privilege that you can experience every day.   

I guess what we are trying to remind you is that if you think taking a sabbatical is only for a privileged few, you can shift your perspective and see yourself as privileged in many ways… and incorporate a sabbatical in your life…or a sabbatical mindset. 

Here are a few ways you are can use to sabbatical in your every day schedule and become able to pause in your life: 

  • Set up a cozy space in your house for regular meditation, daydreaming or reading 
  • Connect with nature regularly.  Walk, ski, hike – if you’re brave, hug a tree or stand barefoot 
  • Take a long bath or shower, listen to a mind-expanding podcast, bake. 

And here are some thoughts about how you can actually start considering how to take a more formal Sabbatical: 

  • If you feel like you need to make changes in your life, start with lists of what could be evaluated or shifted and why. 
  • If you know you need to realign your purpose or path, start making a plan and/or saving some money in order to sabbatical. 
  • If you are ready to embark on a deeper journey, check out our resources page on the website – we can curate something specifically for you! 

Here are a couple of books, both by Viktor Frankl, for some profound reading. 

Man’s Search for Meaning: Frankl’s theory holds that our primary priority in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.    

Yes to Life: explains his thoughts on meaning, resilience, and the importance of embracing life even in the face of great adversity. Published for the first time in English, Frankl’s words resonate as strongly today—as the world faces a coronavirus pandemic, social isolation, and great economic uncertainty. 

When we are no longer able to change the situation, we are challenged to change ourselves – Viktor Frankl  

We all have the privilege of choice…and yes, you can choose to push pause in order to consider/reconsider your pace, your path, your choices, your dreams, and your purpose. 

This year we have a free year-end reflection guide for you.  If you currently receive our newsletter, the link was sent to you already.

And, if you feel like now is a good time to consider consciously pausing, check out our store for other products and services.  


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