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The Col­lec­tive Hub of­fice re­cently com­pleted Mind­ful­ness in May, tak­ing 10 min­utes of time out, ev­ery sin­gle day. But as my col­leagues shuf­fled off each time (leav­ing, I must say, a won­der­fully peace­ful – and pro­duc­tive – of­fice in their wake), I du­ti­fully stayed at my desk. I didn’t have spare min­utes to waste. I was busy. I was work­ing hard, edit­ing sto­ries on mind­ful­ness, for this well­ness is­sue. Yes, I get the irony. But I didn’t have time for irony.

I was also too busy plan­ning our beau­ti­ful cover with Camilla Franks (who was in­cred­i­bly pa­tient and will­ing, de­spite the 6am call time). In fact, I was al­most sur­prised to find my­self on a boat that morn­ing, along with the 100 me­tres of ex­ten­sion cords I in­sisted on lug­ging with us. You see, I like to plan and be pre­pared for the worst – which, for some un­know­able rea­son, I was con­vinced would be a prop­erty com­pletely ab­sent of elec­tric­ity. But as soon as we ar­rived, found the – abun­dant – power out­lets and the pho­tog­ra­pher’s cam­era shut­tered for the first time, I re­alised, for the sake of the shoot it­self, I had to be present.

Some­times, we put our­selves in jeop­ardy of miss­ing the very mo­ment we’ve worked so hard to reach. That’s why this is­sue we’re press­ing pause, tak­ing stock and delv­ing into mind­ful­ness, med­i­ta­tion and min­i­mal­ism.

And while I still may never head off for a med­i­ta­tion ses­sion in the mid­dle of the work day, this month I’m re­solv­ing to take time out more of­ten – and my hope is that, af­ter read­ing this is­sue, you will too.

Tara Fran­cis, Edi­tor

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