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365 Pause Practices – Day 163

 

Hope is Alive in Inspiration

Shared by Natalie, a Pause Crew Member

My passport expired last year and renewals were handled online and through the mail, so in November I sent my expired passport and the necessary personal documents to the passport processing center to request a new passport.

I don’t know about you, but sending personal documents in the mail causes me to Pause and Hope that all will arrive safely to its destination. 

Things didn’t go exactly as I’d hoped.

But, I will say that when I Paused about it,

I realized that it was out of my control

and that I had to wait to see how it would all play out.

Another opportunity to Pause

and get out of my own way.

I was reassured by Inspiration Within that all would work out.
Surprisingly, I felt relaxed.

The good news is that the passport processing center did receive my package and they did send my new passport out. The problem is I never received it.

After several calls to the USPS I was finally told that

it had been returned to sender in error. I Pause.

Then, I called the passport processing center and

they told me they never received it. I Pause, again.

A new renewal had to be ordered,

which I eventually received, so all is well.  

And then this week a miracle happened….

I received the original package that contained

my personal documents and the original new passport.

I’m so grateful.

I find it comforting to Pause.

To stop the inner chatter about all that could go wrong and

to Listen and Receive Inspiration Within that already knows all will be well.

Pause

Step Back

Step Aside and

Let Inspiration Guide

In the Midst of Everyday Life!

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365 Pause Practices – Day 162

 

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Being You

Fill in the blank with your name as you say

Being __________

~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~

What Is It To Be You? 

How Will You Find Out?

A late afternoon walk through our neighborhood on this blessed not-so-hot June day, I hear Inspiration whisper, “Being Mary”. This is not the first time I have heard this call. “What does that mean?” I ask the spirit of Wisdom, “Being Mary”. Reaching the end of the road I am on, I turn the corner. What I see is a long alleyway ahead. Usually, I turn again and follow my usual route home, but today I am drawn to walk the entire alleyway while contemplating the words, “Being Mary”.

As I do, it is as if I am looking through a lens. I see my true Self expressing itself through movement and being with others willing to explore their true nature by letting the spirit of LOVE guide and direct their body while in motion. Literally Being Moved from an inner Expanse ~ a Vast Presence.

Joy Rises and I Know It’s Real.

Funny really, because this is WHAT PAUSE TRULY IS ABOUT!

(not my experience of moving in the pause, but)

Being willing to

literally, Be Moved, to encounter this Vast View in one’s

everyday life in the world. 

To see through the lens of the Vast View.

This is how I find out what it is to be who I am truly.

What Is It To Be Who I Am Truly?

Being _______

 I encourage you to not let this opportunity pass, to ask this question or other questions that you are guided by your inner Wisdom to ask. To contemplate with Inspiration, “Being______”. I hope for you and for all of us, that we can each pause and ask the wise questions and listen for the wise answers that arise within; because they will arise. 

 

 

 

 

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365 Pause Practices – Day 161

 

Abundant Love

Shared by Natalie, a Pause Crew Member

Maybe you’re like me and you find there’s things that get left unsaid. Loving words that could have made things better between myself and others, that could have allowed me to show how much I care for the other person. Words and phrases that may seem simple, yet can be quite impactful in my relationships:

I’m sorry

my mistake

let me help you

let me fix this for you

I could have been more patient

I could have been more gracious

You can go first

I love you

It’s okay

I care about you

Why do we sometimes withhold this love?

When I ask myself this question the answer shows up as ego (possibly fear, selfishness, and/or insecurity). 

When I Pause . . .

  • I am reminded to choose Peace and Connection above all else.
  • I’m better able to hear, and then Listen, to the Inspired guidance that is Within me for the right words to say in the moment. 
  • My Inner Teacher inspires me to share less of what is on my cubicle mind, and more of what is in my pure and loving heart, to share that which is helpful to myself and others for understanding and connection.
  • I Receive Wisdom that guides me to the abundant love Within that can be freely given to all.

No Effort. No Force.

Just Pause.

All else will Follow.

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365 Pause Practices – Day 160

 

Life is a series of moments. 

How’s your moment going?

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Need a Pause?

The fact that all of the Pause Practices can be practiced in the moment and there are no special circumstances required is only one of the reasons why the Pause Practices are immensely powerful tools for a transformation; a change of mind;
from unhelpful to helpful,

chaotic to peaceful,

stressed to relaxed,

bored to creative

No special room or place is required.

No special clothing is required.

No special body position is required.

Closing your eyes is not required.

Being with only certain people is not required.

Waiting until you are done doing what you’re doing is not required.

Finding time to fit it into your schedule is not required.

Pause was created to be applied:
applied wherever you are
applied no matter what you are wearing
applied whether you’re sitting, standing, lying, walking, running . . .
applied open-eyed
applied with whomever you are with
applied whatever you are doing while doing it
applied in your mind so it requires no extra time.

Apply pause in any communication, relationship, activity,
situation, and/or circumstance.
Pause your mind before, during, and after!

 

 

 

 

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365 Pause Practices – Day 159

 

Knowing Our Path?

It seems that when it comes to peace of mind, so many of us want a quick fix, an instant high, an immediate resolution, an easy way, and to be spoon-fed by someone else, rather than taking the time and doing what is ours to do
to come to realize true peace. 

Twenty years ago in one of the thousands of inner conversations, I have had since I was a little girl with Inner Wisdom, the spirit of LOVE, I asked about how to help myself and those who appear lost or endlessly searching for peace,
but never finding. 

Here’s a nugget of one conversation:

I asked, “How can I help those who are seeking and never finding?”

WISDOM: By seeing them differently, for who they truly are.

I asked, “How do I do what is mine to do? How do I go the way?”

WISDOM: Seamlessly walk in LOVE.

I asked, “Seamlessly?” What is seamlessly?”

We cannot know the path until we take it.

 

 

 

 

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365 Pause Practices – Day 158

 

FOLLOWING INNER WISDOM

a day without caffeine

So, in yesterday’s post, I shared how in my pausing inner wisdom guided me to give up caffeine! The nerve!!! What? Yesterday, I decided to FOLLOW THE INSPIRATION given (still hanging in there today). It was my first day without caffeine and I have to admit it was a good day.

Here are a few ways I experienced a wiser day and saner moments:

  • relaxed and focused after breakfast to deal with work communications, instead of damming the person who made up texting
  • inspired in my morning pause, to do some gentle stretching instead of sitting so long waiting for the caffeine to kick in my body gets stiff
  • instead of jumping on the computer, I was guided to exercise first
  • rather than having lunch alone, I had a wonderfully relaxing lunch with coworkers and drank water instead of iced tea (in the past I may have
  • canceled my lunch plans to get more work done; plus I had a fun, peaceful lunch with my coworkers – I’m still laughing)
  • gave myself permission to send out yesterday’s Pause post later than usual; an evening pause has its merits
  • now heading on a business call relaxed and alert instead of having
  • my usual 4 pm energy slump
  • more patient
  • and also at the end of the day, last evening I began winding down for
    sleep a bit earlier – MIRACLE

YOU ARE WORTH A PAUSE TO ASK YOUR INNER WISDOM 
FOR PRACTICAL HELP WITH THE STUFF OF DAILY LIFE . . .
and follow

 

 

 

 

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365 Pause Practices – Day 157

 

A Monday Evening Pause

slowing down before gearing up

I usually start Monday mornings like I am off to the races and have super productive Mondays. I get loads of stuff done!

TODAY IS DIFFERENT

I gave up caffeine. LOLOLOL. Yesterday, I felt tired after my morning coffee and paused to ask “What’s up with this?” My inner Wisdom guided me to give up caffeine. We shall see.

Sitting today in my morning Pause Practice drinking my decaf coffee, I noticed I was a bit more slowed down than usual and I began to wonder if the reason I engage in some activities, make certain plans and commitments, and prioritize my day the way I do, is driven more by caffeine and not necessarily by what might be a wiser way to go about my day!

I am not suggesting quitting your job, neglecting responsibilities, becoming a sloth, or even giving up caffeine! Rather, practice what I observed myself practicing today:

PAUSE

from my usual routine

STEP BACK

from the way I tell myself I should go about my day

STEP ASIDE

lay the welcome mat for inner Wisdom to step in to help me
with my daily routine, asking, 
“Is there a wiser way to see this day?”
“What would be a truly helpful way to go about my day?

LET INNER WISDOM GUIDE

be willing to be open to changing my mind 
about scheduling, routine, prioritizing, and planning my day.

As a result of practicing this Pause, I am having a day
guided by my wise inner voice,
instead of being ruled by my off to the races pressure building voice. YAY!

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365 Pause Practices – Day 156

 

Moving Through Fear

not allowing a sense of inadequacy to stop you from
being and doing your part

I am letting fear stop me from moving forward with deep, joyful inspiration. Have you ever let fear stop you?

My whole being comes to life as this inspiration shows up yet again as I “Practice The Pause”.
It is not a new inspiration, but rather a recurring inspiration over decades.
Something I have delved into quite deeply in fact in the past but stopped myself from exploring in an even greater depth because I let fear stop me.

I have been asking for Inspiration ~ All~Encompassing LOVE, to remove this fear so that I can resume what I know are gifts or tools I am Given to use to be truly helpful, for healing myself and others. 

What gifts or tools have you been Given that are awaiting your willingness to move through fear? In other words, doubt, a sense of inadequacy, or maybe shame and worry,
that you may be experiencing.

The other morning in a pause, after bouts of leaping joy last week having been prompted once again to take steps to move forward, I sat with a one-pointed focus on Inspiration, asking for help. I received surprising direction from my inner Wisdom:

Mary, if you are waiting for Me to remove your fear, you will be kept waiting, for I am not going to remove your fear. I am asking you to trust Me as you move through the fear. You must move through the fear, feel the fear, the doubt, the sense of inadequacy, negative self-sabotaging thoughts, and feelings of unworthiness- all of it. I am with you as you move through the fear,
but I am waiting for
you to move through the fear with Me.
Are you not curious about what is on the other side of fear?

WHOA. It doesn’t stop there. I am now aware that in the past I have tried to move through fear with my willpower; that won’t work, at least not to serve the ultimate purpose of the Inspiration I received. Willpower will not serve us in reaching what is truly possible for us which is often beyond our imagination.

I am now being called to practice relying on the strength of ALL~ENCOMPASSING LOVE; to
trust not the limitations and weakness of my willpower; but rather to
TRUST the strength of this inner Wisdom.

WHEW! Now I am really enthusiastic about using the tools
and
giving the gifts I have been given and receiving more Love in the process.

 SMILING

 

 

 

 

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365 Pause Practices – Day 155

 

Live an Inspired Life

Shared by Natalie, a Pause Crew Member

When I first started my Pause practice,
I realized that my internal dialogue was not the best.
Sitting in quiet moments with my Inspired Self
brought into my awareness some areas that needed healing. 
I was impatient with myself,
I judged myself for saying things I perceived as stupid,
I was sensitive and took things personally,
and I let FEAR stop me from experiencing an Inspired Life.

Inner Wisdom also revealed that if I’m impatient with myself,
I’m also impatient with others;
if I judge myself for things I say,
I’m also judging others;
if I’m sensitive and take things personally,
I’m living in fear and insecurity.
Whatever goes on inside of us gets extended onto others.
When we Pause in these moments,
we invite Inspiration Within to come into focus.
Inspiration Within is our Inner helper – it does not judge us based on the past or our fears. It extends peace to all who seek it. 

When we seek Within for INSPIRATION – we will Receive it.
And when we Receive Inspiration Within – it is Shared with everyone we meet.
Living an Inspired Life begins with a Pause.

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365 Pause Practices – Day 154

 

Prevent Temper Tantrums!

listen to inner wisdom for how to care for you

When I was little, my mother got furious with me because I hated
going shopping (still do), and I would hide inside those round clothes
racks! LOLOLOL. They were dark and quiet inside and I could finally
be alone!


Remember having temper tantrums as a kid? Or, maybe you still occasionally

burst your bubble as an adult! Yep. That’s a sign of having gotten wrapped up in

one’s cubicle mind – the mind stuck in “it’s all about me, right?” rather than listening to the Mind of Love, Wisdom, and Compassion for yourself and others.

Of course, the cubicle mindset is not always so obvious, rather it can be quite a sneaky little character; hiding under the bed, in the closet, blaming someone else, making excuses – the way kids can do. 

TEMPER TANTRUMS can be a sign of overload and choosing not to take care of

TEMPER TANTRUMS can be a sign of overload and choosing not to take care of

yourself. If we don’t take time to slow down, breathe, let go, pause, and let our

inner Wisdom show us ways of caring for ourselves, a tantrum may be on the

horizon. Whether an inner tantrum in which we stuff emotions and stuff ourselves

with self-sabotaging habits or, an outer tantrum in which we make someone else

the target of our choice to not take care of ourselves.

CARING FOR YOU IS A CHOICE.
CARING FOR MYSELF IS ALSO CARING FOR OTHERS
because I am less likely to project my fatigue and
stress onto someone else. And, if I am not being
loving with myself, no way can I be truly loving with others.

BIG KIDS CAN PAUSE

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