I was never the pausing type until I was made to pause. Sitting in stillness just wasn’t my thing, I had way too much to do, buy and organize in my outer life to care about my inner life. You might be able to relate to that chaotic existence and how it can make one feel exhausted at the end of the day. Pausing comes more naturally to me now after years of practicing it and finally, I am witnessing the benefits.
Whether it is deer grazing in a field, wild horses or a waterfall, we pause in awe of what we are experiencing. Within the stillness of no words or movement, we then have access to the part inside of us that creates peace. How do I know this? I have experienced it so I know it to be true.
Lately, I have been asked by several readers for advice on situations I have experienced myself. If you have read this blog for any length of time you know I do not give advice. In my knowing, within all of us is a teacher and the journey of life is to access that teacher. The pause is in that space or no words or thoughts; it is a feeling. At some point in time, we have all felt this warm wash of creativity, inspiration or stillness and watched it go before us to make the crooked places straight. We may have even been inspired with a brilliant idea like a blog series or a new product.
Again, the power is within the pause. I must make it a practice to pause before I post or comment on anything in regards to emails, questions or social media material simply because it is very easy for my ego to lead the way. Taking a moment to feel the “click” within my inner life assures me how I will respond is supported and not coming from my critical, judgmental and analytical mind. One could say this is responding from the heart.
How many times have you seen someone post something on social media only to be ridiculed and bullied to the point of extreme regret? I notice it a lot, and it reminds me that when we pause we have access to create more love in the world.
It only takes one person to pause, and that stillness extends throughout ten people around them; this I have also experienced first hand. I encourage to try it and witness the effects.
I have arrived at the point where I believe evil and discord can dissolve by implementing a significant practice in pausing multiple times throughout the out and, of course, before responding to anything.
Perhaps as you read this, you can practice sitting with each paragraph for a moment before you make any assumptions or judgments.
If you are like me and would like to respond from a place of genuine love, then I invite you to practice pausing with me. Each day, we can begin our day with a few moments of silence to reset our inner interior to a place of stillness, not chaos. When we respond in any way, let us pause to recenter ourselves and be certain we are coming from a place of integrity.
Let’s pause and let the creative ministry take over and lead us through our day making room for goodness and world enhancing contributions.
+Before responding, pause and ask yourself one question: “who do I want to be in my response?” Paint your image with your words, be sure that your response is a reflection of who you want to be in this world. Same goes with thoughts; they are simply unwritten words.
+Do you want to infuse happiness and joy into the world or remove it?
Keep in mind, it is not necessary to sit in darkness or with your eyes closed. Silence and stillness are within.