The Gifts of the Pause

GivernyAfter my exercise class, I drive by my favorite bargain-hunting store.  On a whim and without a thought, I allow my car to turn into the parking lot of this shopping mecca. Two hours later, with empty hands, I emerge from the store, wishing I could have my two hours back, and the energy I left in the aisles and fitting room of the shop.  Another time, allowing anger to talk, I say something to my spouse I deeply regret.  In yet another, I give him the benefit of my unsolicited advice about something that has nothing to do with me.

These kind of situations rarely turn out well.  The problem is that I don’t always know what is in my own or others’ best interest.  I may think I do; however, experience has shown that I am often embarrassingly  wrong.  Seeking pleasure through acquiring things or having others behave in a certain way is not the path to real happiness, which flows from a peace deep within ourselves.

Unfortunately, I often wish I had chosen differently.  I have learned that I can have much more satisfying results with my choices when I first receive the gifts of the pause.  The pause is that space I create in my mind when I stop my own rambling thoughts long enough to ask for guidance from Divine Wisdom.  And, I want to stay in that pause long enough to listen for the answer instead of plunging on, doing what I wanted to do, or what I thought I wanted to do.

I can benefit from the gifts of the pause any time I choose.  I can simply stop my thoughts and listen to the silence.  It may help to focus on a tree or a flower or the singing of a bird or my breathing.  With this simple act time seems to stop while peace folds over me in gossamer stillness.  And, I will know I can trust the answer when it comes from this place of peace.

I will choose the gifts of the pause today.  My spouse and others in my life will receive the gifts along with me.



3 comments to The Gifts of the Pause

  • Linda Campbell

    Boy, does this hit home. I love the idea of staying in the pause. Wayne Dyer once described it as the space between the words. Whatever words we choose to express the concept it is all about being still and knowing God. That in essence is knowing our Self.

    Thank you for expressing this common dilemma in a most relatable way.

    Linda Campbell

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