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365 Pause Practices – Day 183


Allow Room for Another Way

Your feelings, thinking, planning, figuring, judging saying and doing
need not be pushed out of your awareness 
as if pretending they are not there.
Fear Pushes Away.
Inspiration Draws you close.
In drawing close, Inspiration will gladly take from you
all that you choose to give away
in exchange for another way – a peace-filled way. 

Better to have a bad day
and eventually come into the presence of Inspiration Within
than to have a good day all on your own!


The breath of Inspiration is clear and clears – 
This Peace is breathing in you – Breathe in this Peace.

Give Some Space

Giving some space happens
in your stepping back from yourself
and all that is happening in your mind.
Spaciousness enters and lightens the load. 

Let Your Mind be a Clean Slate

Your world is not going to suddenly fall apart
if you take a moment or two and allow awareness
to spread out a fresh, clean, open space
upon which you may take a seat. Be here.

Shared from the Pause Golden Book, page 22

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365 Pause Practices – Day 182


self can’t stop self from being self

self = the cubicle heart÷mind = ego = the me character

Resting in an afternoon pause.

I call upon the LOVE, the WISDOM, the INSPIRATION, the PEACE that

I have come to know and trust. This Inner Sacred Heart. 

Not a mere idea or thought to be debated and argued about, but rather a Living Presence,

palpable, tangible, and real, right here, right now.

In a pause, I say with Loving Presence,

“I give myself to you, Love. Take care of everything.”

Floating into my mind I see an image of a cup 

that simply can’t hold anymore.

My cup is full. My cup is gushing.

Gushing with to-do, adding judgments, full of self.

Overflowing with nothing.

In a pause, I say with Wisdom Presence,

“I give myself to you, Wisdom. Take care of everything.”

Now, I see the cup of the mind of the self,

a cup overflowing.

I watch self spill out more of itself, over the rim it goes.

Again, I pause, saying with INSPIRATION,

“I give myself to you, Inspiration. Take care of everything.”

Without my effort

little by little this cup of stuff is lifted up and disappears.

I rest in an unburdened rest, lighter, freer. 

In this rest, the self feels empty because its cup has been emptied,

so it begins to fill it ~ again;

self can’t stop self from being self. 

Uncomfortable with the empty cup,

worried it might lose its cup, it might be taken away.

Again, I pause, saying with Inner Sacred Heart,

“Continue to empty my cup all throughout the day,

thus providing Another Way.”

Thank you, Peace for taking care of everything.





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365 Pause Practices – Day 181


No Matter What

Remember the band “Badfinger”? Driving down the highway singing and jamming, I hear a split second of music and immediately recognize their tune, “No Matter What”! I am a dancer and choreographer and the music flooded my mind with memories of choreographing a Pom Pom routine to this tune in high school. I about danced myself out of the car! lolol 

As a teen feeling vulnerable at every turn, I loved this tune because in listening to it I felt that no matter what, I AM LOVED. No matter that I feel as if no one seems to even notice I exist, I am loved. No matter what people think of me or how someone who hasn’t even bothered to get to know me may size me up and down, I am loved. No matter what I think of myself, for better or for worse, I am loved. No matter what errors in judgment I may make, I am loved.






The tune “No Matter What” is speaking more about romantic relationships, but when I hear the lyrics, I have always imagined and experienced THE REAL LOVE, THE LOVE THAT LOVES US ALL, NO MATTER WHAT, ALWAYS, UNWAVERING, FOREVER. I am grateful that I am open to letting This LOVE, love me, and to practicing pausing to truly receive this LOVE throughout my day.

Here are the lyrics and/or you can listen to the tune by clicking on the button below! Dare you sing along? Ooooh, maybe even dance?

No matter what you are

I will always be with you

Doesn’t matter what you do, girl (boy)

ooooh girl, wIth you

No matter where you go

I will always be around

Won’t you tell me what you found, girl

ooooh girl, won’t you

Knock down the old grey wall

Be a part of it all

Nothing to say, nothing to see, nothing to do

If you would give me all

As I would give it to you

Nothing would be, nothing would be, nothing would be

No matter where you go

There will always be a place

Can’t you see it in my face, girl

ooooh girl, want you

No matter what you are

I will always be with you

Doesn’t matter what you do

ooooh girl, want you

Perhaps I was INspired to begin the Pause For Inspiration Movement way sooner than I had realized! ???


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365 Pause Practices – Day 180


We have all been Inspired.

A moment when everything just CLICKS. 

The light goes ON . . . YOU KNOW.













Take a moment and ask that question.

If you gather up even one aspect of yourself that you have labeled “Good” or “Bad” and place it upon the table of your Inspiring Self Heart, you would then make room for an experience of Inspiration Within.

Releasing your grasp on who you think you are, who you have labeled yourself to be, for better or for worse, is FREEING;



Pause Golden Book pages 158-159

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365 Pause Practices – Day 179


Incarcerated Persons Are Practicing Pause

Mary & The Pause Crew,

Greetings once again from Valley State Prison. May all be abounding in the Peace and QUIET of the Pause. I go there on an hourly basis it seems as I let go of that locked in cubicle sELF. Such a confused little entity I am when I

I-dentify with the CUBED ONE. As I step back, step aside, and let inspiration guide, I am set free. Thank you All So Much.

I have so much going on here with college, tutoring, daily groups, and Life. I have realized I am a little too busy. Is it possible to get (3) three more of THE 4 DECISIONS cards? I am going to be starting some new groups of about 5 to 6 people each and I would like to give a card to each participant. The 4 Decisions will always be a core practice for both groups. I memorized The 4 Decisions the first day I started PAUSE FOR INSPIRATION. 

I can’t express enough how much I appreciate all your help. I always wanted to serve others as well as benefiting myself, but I never really knew what to give. Now I know I give what I’ve been given – Love.

Much Appreciation for Pause Volunteers 

Grateful for all of our Pause volunteers showing up a few years ago now to package and post several hundred PAUSE PACKAGES to Incarcerated Persons. With the help of Joe Wolfe, a transformed ex-convict who taught Love, Wisdom, and Peace through how he lived his everyday life, PAUSE reached those we would have otherwise been unable to reach! Thanks Joe.

We received many letters of gratitude from incarcerated persons in return.





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365 Pause Practices – Day 178


Choose the Pause and Be in the Pause

Sometimes the Pause chooses you.

Let yourself be chosen.

In your pausing you pause to another

and you begin a domino effect of the pause all throughout.

No need to have to reside in a special place – 

Pause where you find yourself and 

find your True Self in the pause.

Pause indeed for as long as you like,

wherever you like.

Relish the Pause.

Relinquish the fear.

Shared from Page 12 of the Pause Golden Book

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365 Pause Practices – Day 177


Enjoy The Ride

in the midst of everyday life

As I sat down to create today’s Pause, before my fingers touched the keys I heard refreshing words inside the Quiet,
“Enjoy the ride.” 

Creative Flow is advising me ~ lol ~ to open to JOY and ride.
This can be easier said than done.
Now the Quiet speaks, “Yet, I am finding a way.”
Creative Flow has my attention:
“What part of you is telling you that life must be hard,
difficult, a constant barrage of effort? 
What part of you is dull-minded, lacking in creating?
What part of your heart is sinking?
To what are you lending your ears?
‘It ain’t easy to change at my age,’ the Quiet hears me think.

“What age is that Mary? LOLOLOLOL.
Do you truly believe that Creative Flow has somehow limited itself because of your age?”

“Listen to the Timeless while doing your time.”

~  ~  ~  

okay okay okay, Mary here.
Creative Flow has a point.
Creative Flow is beckoning us to enjoy the ride,
Creative Flow IS the Ride.
I know this Flow. This Flow is a pause away.
You have experienced this Flow, right?

The question is:
Am I willing to choose Creativity while living daily life?
Or, am I waiting for a vacation?
Then I’m on vacation and still, something is missing.

Such a simple choice.
Simpler than reacting to any aging
feeling, thought, sensation, belief, activity, or situation
bound in time!

Seconds before beginning this Pause post,
I chose to pause from a sensation of heaviness
in my body
and the heavy thoughts that accompanied it. 
I chose to pause and entered Timelessness. 

Creative Flow showed up in my awareness
sharing, “Enjoy the ride.”

I truly have not efforted in any way to create this post.

I am lighter

I am laughing

I am enjoying the ride

hop in





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365 Pause Practices – Day 176


Rest Your Restless Mind  

Begin with a one moment Pause.


Resting is an act of love in you.

Rest this restless, anxiety-ridden cubicle mind.


The body will follow.

The body begins with the mind,

thus changing out the mind that is running

the body down to a rattled, wound up,

shredded thread, will help.

Relieve this restless self of itself.

Receive a replenishing afternoon nap in any true moment.

The moment of Pause.

The best functioning mind is the mind at rest.

Let Inspiration Within rest your restless mind.

Continue Pausing for as long as you choose.
Shared from Page 12 of the Pause Golden Book

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365 Pause Practices – Day 175


Pausing With Grief

Grief is a unique thing. One never knows how it will appear, the shape it will take in the course of a typical day. Sudden crying spells, bursts of anger, numbness, deep sadness, or feeling disconnected from the people and activities in one once found joy, fulfillment, and laughter. One day you are lighthearted and the next filled with fear and anxiety.

Ungrieved Grief

Grief seems to have a life of its own, yet I must be willing to let that life live, let grief have its way with me so healing will find its way.

Mystery of Grief

Grief requires living with mystery, the mystery of a person being here one day
and not here the next. The mystery of who am I now? Who am I now
without this relationship, this career, this experience of loss?
Grief happens not only when someone passes on, but with a loss or change of
any kind. It can be sickness (yours or another’s), loss of a relationship or job, a
career change, retirement, finance changes, children growing up, aging parents, our own aging, world events, etc. 

Grief is an aspect of everyday life

After my mom passed seven years ago, I seemed fine for two years.
I was a caregiver for my mom, we spent a lot of time together, and
I thought, hmm, I guess I’m okay. Two years later the grief showed up. 
It would be months before I realized it was grief bubbling to the surface.
With it came the leftover grief of other past losses, changes, trauma,
and life circumstances.

Practicing Pause can help us move through grief
Arrive anew on the other side

Pausing to receive LOVE and letting LOVE love you can heal your wounds. Whether we hate, love, or have mixed emotions with memories good, bad, indifferent, and even traumatic, with the person who has passed on or the situation that has touched our lives,

receiving the LOVE that is truly LOVE is

the way through the numerous shapes of grief;

and it is through grief that one must move.

This is my experience.

The glory of it all is what is on the other side of grief . . .

and this you will want to discover, as it is a gift without measure.







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365 Pause Practices – Day 174


Undoing to Find the Gift

Shared by Natalie, a Pause Crew Member

I had a nice conversation today with someone about my Pause practice
and how it has evolved over time.
As I reflected, I realized that it’s been an interesting journey so far.
I wanted to share it with you
because maybe you’ve had a similar experience.
In the beginning, I found Peace in Pausing.I also felt an “undoing” happening.
I experienced some difficulty
as I began to let go of my old way of thinking and doing.
Everything within me wanted to hold tightly to my old story,
my old way of reacting to things,
my old way of thinking and viewing the world around me (cubicle thinking!).
It was all I knew and it wasn’t easy to let it go.

But, I kept Pausing.

I put the Pause for Inspiration card
on my desk at work, in my purse, and in my car.
I found that Pausing was akin to putting one foot in front of the other.
If you keep doing it, you finally get somewhere.
Today, I have a fairly regular Pause practice.
The undoing isn’t completely undone,
but it has become less and less pronounced
and my Pause practice has become more and more
of a Peaceful Gift that I give to myself and others.

Every time I Pause,

I am giving myself the gift of a calm, quiet mind.
In that moment, I am also giving others
the gift of a calm response and interaction
that is truly helpful to us both.

When I Pause, my Inspired Self shows me the way out of cubicle thinking.

From page 159 in the Pause Golden Book:
“Make room for an experience with Inspiration Within.
Releasing your grasp on who you think you are,
who you’ve labeled yourself to be,
for better or for worse, is FREEING;
You are so much more than you think you are.
Inspiration is to be experienced in the moment.
Something within Shifts, Opens, Moves….
A gift is being offered – Welcome it”. 

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