Pause Stories

The Normandy Middle School Basketball Game

Pause For Inspiration is happy to begin sharing the PAUSE with parents and THE PAUSE FOR KIDS with those present at the NORMANDY MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL GAME. Robert White had the whole crowd cheering, “PAUSE!” Thank you PARENTS and KIDS. Appreciate all who volunteered to distribute “The 4 Decisions” cards and “The Pause For Kids” cards! Congratulations to coaches, players and cheering squads.

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Thank You!

THANK YOU ALL 23 TRULY HELPFUL “1001 CALLS FOR LOVE VOLUNTEERS” for gathering Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the PAUSE SPACE. We responded to 1001 requests for the Pause For Inspiration in the midst of everyday life practice cards, “The 4 Decisions,” and we also included a Pause For Inspiration t-shirt! That’s 1001 parcels of Pause going out around the world! Got just a few pics amid the hustle and bustle! Here they are. Grateful.

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AND ON THE HEARTS OF KELLI AND CATHY AT JORDAN’S PLACE. Robert White and myself traveled to Warrenton, Missouri and met with Kelli and Cathy, two women who started Jordan’s Place. Kelli lost her 17 year-old son Jordan in November 2014 to heroin. It was the first time he had ever tried heroin. These two remarkable women opened up a space in Warrenton where youth ages 13-19 can go to after school from 3pm – 9pm and on weekends, to be kids; A place to go to play, study, be with friends, laugh and be safe – a home for many kids.


These women inspired me. Their love and selflessness is so compelling, so real and practical, so present on earth – as Real Love always is. Like many others these days, they are resonating with the simple, practical, enlightening practice of Pause For Inspiration. They see its value and want to share it with their community. We are happy that Pause For Inspiration will be partnering with Jordan’s Place. VISIT:

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GIVING THANKS TO 25 VOLUNTEERS WHO PREPARED 520 “TASTE OF PAUSE” PACKAGES FOR MAILING to those who have expressed enthusiasm about being INSPIRATION STATIONS. These are individuals, businesses, healthcare/wellness professionals, educators, nonprofits, spiritual communities/churches/study groups, girl scout troops, mothers groups and people wanting to begin their own PAUSE groups and more . . . who are all inquiring about receiving larger quantities of PAUSE books, audiobooks, and The 4 Decisions pocket-sized cards to share the message of BEING INSPIRED IN THE MIDST OF EVERYDAY LIFE; WHEREVER YOU ARE, WHATEVER YOU ARE DOING AND WHOMEVER YOU ARE WITH! THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS FOR PASSING ON THE LOVE THAT HAS BEEN GIVEN TO YOU.

Bless, Mary Gerard Lenihan

P.S. Thank you to the Downtown St. Louis Bulk Mailing Unit and the Mailing Requirements Office!


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The Qualities of Inspiration

Photo by Donna Grote

Inspiration carries with it the quality of being still, being alive, being fluid and comforting. It is never doubtful or conceited. Welcome Inspiration with your praise of This Love and listen as Inspiration sings your praises. Inspiration’s current flows through tears, laughter, breath, body and soul. Its embrace is sure, its joy everlasting and its creations pure. There is nothing anyone can do to cause Inspiration to stop loving and sharing peace. Inspiration is all that is and will ever be in the Hearts and Minds of those willing to open to its Grace.  From the book, Pause For Inspiration, in the midst of everyday life, page 165. Received by Mary, copyright 2009. Download Pause book for free, visit:

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Angel “G” and How to See

Thanks for angels walking alongside us on this earth! Such was my encounter on New Year’s Eve. The deli guy handed John and me a pound of turkey and as I was about to hand him a Pause 4Decisions card, his phone rang and I missed him! Moseying on, I paused in my mind and heard to place a Pause 4 Decisions card on the counter and he would find his New Year’s blessing when he turned around. So this I did!

No sooner did I turn the corner I heard a voice speak out, “I’d recognize that card anywhere.” I turned around and no one was there until a jolly character came from out of nowhere. I said, “The 4 Decisions card”? “Yes”, he said, “that green and white card”. “How do you know about The 4 Decisions” I asked. He went on to explain that he had a heart attack last July and the hospital where he received treatment uses the practice of Pause For Inspiration and The 4 Decisions as part of their program. I asked him if he found the practice helpful and he shared that he found The 4 Decisions to be calming and it helps him to connect to his Higher Power.

I thanked him for being my angel that evening as I needed a bit of Inspiration. He said, “Me, your angel”? “Yes, you my angel” I exclaimed. “I needed your presence and sharing. You are an answered prayer”! At that point we introduced ourselves and met up with John in the OJ aisle.

And there we were, the three of us, laughing in the Pause. We are one another’s angels ~ in the midst of everyday life ~ even right there in the grocery store.

Thankful I paused and shared the Pause card instead of thinking I had missed my opportunity. You see, and the practice of Pause For Inspiration is focused on seeing truly, there was a Bigger Plan that I was not aware of – Meeting Angel “G”. Thank you, Angel “G”.


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Consolation in Grief

Finding The Pause in your mind is a reliable practice for “being with” whatever you are experiencing so as not to push away, project or deny your inner experience. Acceptance of an experience of pain and suffering lends itself to consolation, leaving you free to live the next moment. Pause, Step Back, Step Aside and Let Inspiration Guide . . . these are “The 4 Decisions”.

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Encounter Love

Your True Self is true because it is not focused on this me-character. Looking at one’s me-character is helpful until it is not helpful. We often try to fill the void of self-absorption by focusing more on the self (the ego) which can increase the experience of being self-absorbed and empty. Take your focus off of your self and open to encountering the presence of Love in another. Now, where’s that void?

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