Touching In ~ Pause in 2023



Touching In – The Mind With The Light On


May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Communications, Relationships, Activities, Situations, and
Circumstances are all opportunities in our everyday lives to
Practice The Pause
Experience Your Mind With the LIGHT ON . . . PEACE.

Sharing by Mary

I stepped out of
being locked in!

Pause For Your Mind Health?

As one who has experienced challenges with my mental
health – anxiety and depression – I know firsthand what it is.
I imagine many of you may also know what it is. Contrary to
false understanding, mental health issues go deeper than
“having a bad day” and are not resolved by sweeping inner
conflict under the rug. They present themselves in myriad
ways so we may not recognize what’s going on.

In my case, the core of the entire system on which I had based my identity proved to be unreliable. Unreliable because it was based on false ideas about LOVE and who I thought I had to be and what I had
to accomplish in this world to truly be loved by LOVE itself and others.
It was a false identity that bred false expectations of myself and others.

Since childhood, I have always been aware of a Wise Inner Knowing guiding me in everyday life, but it didn’t line up with the way the world seemed to operate. I decided early on to keep this Inner Knowing to myself, hence living with one foot in one world and
one foot in another. Don’t worry, it gets better!

One night about 30 years ago going through an unexpected “life crisis”,
I had a dream in which I was locked in a room, but had given
someone else in my life the key that unlocks the door to get out,
but that person had given someone else the key and that person
was nowhere to be found. Filled with fear that I couldn’t exit the
locked room, I began banging on the wall to knock it down only
to discover it was made of paper mache. I stepped out of being
locked in. My inner Voice of LOVE spoke to me,
“See Mary, you had the key all along.”

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Touching In – The Healing Power of Pause


The Healing Power of Pause

Imagine, within you is a Healer.

Shared from the Pause Golden
Book, Page 56:

You need healing, am I right?
You know I am right. This life you
have been planning and
worrying about, needs healing.

Healing is the business
of Inspiration Within. Let
Inspiration do the job.

Bring on your life. What is
unhealed? This experience of
“being-parted” will show up
sooner or later in your
relationships, job, daily
activities, health,
circumstances, situations – in
the business of everyday life. So,
to address the healing needed
in these areas, it is best to
address the underlying,
pervasive, often unconscious,
experience of disconnection
in your mind, from Love, and
from your True Self.

Shared by Natalie

Sometimes we think we don’t
need healing. We think, “the
pain of the past is in the past,
right? Why would we give
traction to it by bringing it
forward into the present?”

Then I started the Pause
Practice and something
unexpected happened. I was
faced with a decision, a
choice, to face my past right
here, in the present moment.

A Healing Journey began and is
steering me toward a much-
needed change in perception
about my past, to forgiveness,
to seeing the bigger picture,
and to experiencing Love and
Connection with family in a
new and Inspired way.

I’m grateful to the Pause
Practice for opening my
heart and mind to experiencing my
True Inspired Self.
<< Safe, Healed, and Whole >>

You need Love’s Help with everything
if you want the Healing Peace
that only Love gives.

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Touching In – Bring Joy



even amid suffering

Mary Shares



I pause. Compassion drives me to ask This Indwelling LOVE, “How can I help?” Do you ever wonder, “What can I do to help the suffering?”

I cannot dash to every corner of the world nor to each and every heart and mind. Yet, there is a LOVE who loves us all, a totality of PEACE that is fully present to everyone, everywhere. PEACE WITHIN. I know this through direct experience. So, I begin to practice “Pause For LOVE” while watching the program. This is important. I don’t need to turn off the tv attempting to ignore or run away from the suffering. After all, some part of me is suffering too, and seeing their suffering shows me my suffering. I can choose to be with suffering.

I receive an answer to “How can I help?”

Bring JOY.
Be joyful in your everyday life.

On one hand, this answer is bewildering. Is that denying suffering? Can I be joyful when I and others are suffering? As I make breakfast, and be with “Bring JOY”, I notice JOY rising up within. As I am willing to receive JOY, this JOY is being shared with others because this one and the same JOY is dwelling within us all. It’s recognizable when I pause.

JOY is knocking on all of our hearts.

As I open my heart to JOY, I realize I have JOY to give, and as I give it, I receive it. As others receive it, they now realize they too have JOY to give. A circle of giving and receiving JOY.

We can choose to be living expressions of JOY
in our ordinary lives.
JOY is our inner strength.


That instant the doorbell rings. There stands a tall, slender black man bringing JOY with his smile as he delivers an envelope we’ve been expecting. I invite him in as John goes to grab a gratuity for him and I scurry over to the drawer of PAUSE supplies and share the Pause Practice cards and books with him. He is delighted. “I’m Thomas,” he says. As we chat, he clearly resonates with PAUSE sharing, “Yes, I’m working on getting my mind right. I’m just starting a new business and this will help. I may call you because I am looking for a mentor.” Thomas and I were BRINGING JOY to one another for sure! That evening Thomas emailed saying he began reading the Pause Golden Book!





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Touching In – A Silent Sound



The LOVE that is always Safe, Wise, Kind, and Truly Helpful.

This is the LOVE that loves me.
No matter what.
Always ~ Unwavering ~ Unceasing ~ Forever

Let This LOVE ~ love you.


A Silent Sound is traveling through the universe
beyond the speed of light ~
a Silent Light on one path
through the center of all hearts
and the axis of all minds.
It penetrates the body of all those open to its Silence.
No matter how many years pass
or come and go
or are projected into the future,
this Silent Light
has no known beginning
for it began of its Own Accord,
before we all knew of Beginnings.
It has no end.
We each find our Life in its Light.
All of us.

received by mary
copyright 2009

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Touching In – Pause in 2023 – Who Do You Love? – Show me how to love


Who Do You LOVE?

LOVE Shows Us How to Love ~ If We Ask

LOVE is practical and mystical, wise and street smart, still and on the
move, here now and here later, in chaos and in peace, in suffering
and in joy, no matter what ~ that’s how LOVE IS LOVE.

There is nowhere LOVE IS not. There is no one LOVE does not Love.

How Do We Lose Our Way When It Comes To LOVE?

I am using a ONE~LINE PRACTICE that is helping me learn how to love
myself truly. Loving myself does not at all mean what I thought it did.
This practice is infusing PEACE of MIND.

Practicing Loving Yourself?

What does that even mean?
READ LOVE’s answer to my question below.

So I’m having a sleepless night and no amount of Melatonin gummies are kicking in! My experience with the cashier at Whole Foods that afternoon floats into my mind. If she moved any slower, I was going to put my food back. Finally, we meet! I started bagging my groceries because that’s what I do and because in a pause I heard that helping her would help me to stop judging her and the situation. It worked! She looks at me gently saying, “Thank you for helping me.” In an instant, I shifted from judging her and thinking I knew what kind of person she was based on her appearance and unhurried pace, to seeing LOVE in her. As she looked at me, I felt LOVED. My whole state of mind changed.

What one pause can do!

Sleepless hours stagger by and I realize I
am awake for a reason. I ask
Inner Present LOVE, “Why are you keeping me awake? What message do you have for me?”


You are having trouble sleeping
because you are struggling with loving
people lately and loving yourself.

RELAX with this ~

~ PRACTICE Letting LOVE ~ love you
so that you can

~ PRACTICE Truly Loving Yourself so
that you can

~ PRACTICE Truly Loving Others in
which you will realize you are LOVED.

Ask LOVE throughout the day,

“Show me how to PRACTICE LOVING MYSELF right now.”


        ~ Receiving This LOVE that is The LOVE is essential to loving.

        ~ Loving myself organizes my day, reveals what’s important, creates PEACE within, and GIVES ME A SENSE OF PURPOSE.


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        Touching In – Pause in 2023 – Step Into Your Potential – No matter what


        Step Into Your Inspired Potential

        ~ Sharing by Mary ~

        IMAGINE YOU ~ Pausing, Listening, and
        Following your Inner Knowing.

        Do you remember being at a crossroads in life? Perhaps your engine is idling at one now. Maybe you’re considering a major life change or contemplating letting go of an endeavor or being drawn to spending your time in ways that are more invigorating, creative, and/or focused on helping others instead of falling into self-absorption. It’s okay to pause.

        No matter what your age, are you living your Inspired potential?
        What do you experience as you ponder stepping into your potential?
        It’s never too late!

        Something needs to shift, but what and how will it shift? It’s easy to react during these times; give up, avoid the inner churnings of change, or chase after something else that appears more appealing. I can set up a split in my mind; either I do THIS OR THAT BUT I CAN’T DO BOTH and I may forget to consider the POSSIBILITIES BEYOND THIS or THAT! Such restricted perceptions can leave me feeling blocked in and unable to make decisions. All the while my Inner Knowing is encouraging me to spread my wings and follow through with decisions that will open new doors and connect me with new people.

        The ultimatum of “You must choose one and
        forget about the other” or “shrink instead of expand” or “hide instead of
        letting your True Self be seen” is a LIE of the cubicle mind.

        There is Another Way. PAUSING at a crossroads can be an opportunity to experience an expanding PAUSE. A pause in which you are being prepared, energized, and receiving clarity for the NEXT STEP.

        Practicing Pause to get in touch with our LIFE FORCE
        infuses us with the energy to create.

        I hear my Wise Inner Knowing whisper, “Step into YOUR POTENTIAL.” There’s a lot to who I am and my life’s purpose YET TO BE LIVED.

        Pausing can be a test of patience and willingness to trust
        your Inner Knowing that will help Give Voice to your
        Inspired potential.


        Leap of faith?

        I took a leap of faith! I SPOKE

        UP in a group I belong to and
        gave VOICE TO A NEW IDEA.
        They loved it.

        The idea has taken flight! The
        participants are expressing how
        valuable what we’re doing is.

        I am Practicing Pause to keep
        this Inspired idea in flight. The
        cubicle mind is set on dragging
        me down, then I listen to my
        Inner Knowing, receive
        encouragement, and trust LOVE
        over fear.

        I am:

        Learning how VALUABLE my
        Inner Knowing is.

        Experiencing my TRUE WORTH
        as I express, embody, and
        share my Inner Knowing with
        those willing to receive it.

        Seeing others connect with
        their Inner Knowing ~ their
        smiling, laughing, and serenity
        emanating from their being

        IMAGINE if I would have
        silenced my Inner True Voice.
        But I didn’t. I CHOSE TO


        1) What I thought would take
        energy away from my life’s work
        with PAUSE, is infusing PAUSE
        with new ideas that John, Natalie,
        Lisa, and I are bringing to fruition.

        AND (not either/or)

        2) I am blooming with an
        inner~outer healing renewal as I
        follow Inspiration’s call to excavate
        my love of movement and touch
        as ways of helping others connect
        with their Inner Knowing and step
        into their Inspired potential.

        AND (not this or that)

        3) Being we teach what we need
        to learn, I am learning how
        essential it is to follow my Inner
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        Touching In – Pause in 2023 – Pausing While Working Saves The Day!


        Pausing While Working – Saves The Day!

        Shared by Lisa

        I had a Pause moment while working on
        acknowledgment letters to our donors who contributed
        electronically. I had the list of emails that were entered
        by the donors on their contribution forms and I was
        constructing emails to each person. As I was typing
        in an email address, there was something about the
        address that had my Inner Wisdom on alert.

        When I realized that my cubicle mind was in auto-drive and
        wanting to plow through the list and move on to the next task,
        I Paused ~ Stepped Back from everything and followed my
        Inner Wisdom. I looked up the person’s email in my contact list
        and found a typo in the email they had entered. I corrected the
        address on my acknowledgment email, sent it, and
        felt a sense of relief that I was able to circumvent a mistake that
        would have impacted more than just my time. Had I not Paused, the email
        would have gone to wherever it is that emails with wrong
        addresses go. But more importantly, the donor would not
        have received their acknowledgment letter for their taxes!

        It took mere seconds for me to verify the address
        and I am SO happy I Paused For My Inner Wisdom!

        This Pause saved my day … and the donor’s day too!

        Pause Golden Book page 24


        Open how? Pause. Pausing is opening. You may
        hear a lot about being open, opening ourselves up etc.
        The cubicle self does not know how to truly open. It is
        closed for business when it comes to opening to
        Inspiration! Be opened and open.

        Inspiration Within sees all that needs to be
        seen and helps you see it too. Even if your vision
        is not so clear just yet after opening to Inspiration’s help,
        you have been Given an inner flashlight, your Inspired
        Heart∞Mind, to lead you through the darkness.

        This is the Heart∞Mind with the light on.




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        Touching In – Pause 2023 – Grateful for my Parents


        Touching In

        2nd and 4th Saturdays of the Month

        Grateful for My Parents

        A Story Shared by David, a Person Practicing Pause

        The other day my heart melted as I passed by an elderly couple slowly walking
        down the aisle at the grocery store. I Paused and noticed their smiles and
        the love they clearly had for one another. In that moment,
        I was reminded of my parents, Rosemary and Marshall.
        They did so much for my brother and me, often without any thanks from us, and
        sometimes with a little rebellion. Now that both of my parents are gone and I
        have a daughter of my own, I realize the love they gave to us and the patience
        they had with us, and I’m Truly Grateful.

        Knowing that I can Pause
        and ask Inspiration Within to Help Guide me
        to be a Helpful, Loving, and Patient father
        to my lovely daughter gives me True Comfort
        In the Moment.

        Shared from the Pause Golden Book, Pages 173-174:

        Inspiration extends compassion, meaning it has a desire to help.
        It helps us by walking with us as a Dear Friend and reminding us of
        true compassion; our desire to love, to be loved, and to experience
        love. Whispering:

        Love unceasingly.
        Love without measure.
        Love without expectation of receiving,
        For in your loving, all receiving is given you.
        I will share Love with you. Now it is yours to share.
        Is this not the help we seek?

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        Touching In – Pause 2023 – My Favorite Date


        Touching In

        2nd and 4th Saturdays of the Month

        “Shopping with my Husband

        Shared By Natalie

        My husband and I went shopping on Saturday for patio furniture.
        There were many options: vinyl-coated wicker, cast aluminum,
        wrought iron, Polywood, and more! I knew that I would need to

        Pause during this process as my husband likes to take his time, see all of his
        options, and shop around to compare pricing. I’m the exact opposite, but I see the
        benefit of his approach. So, I Paused throughout the experience and
        asked Inner Wisdom to Help.

        As a result, we were able to openly communicate our vision for the space, we
        on what was a priority and what could wait, and
        we exercised patience when listening to one another’s ideas.
        Afterward, we went to lunch and both agreed that this was one of our
        favorite “dates”.

        Grateful for a Pause
        and Inner Wisdom’s Help
        in the moment.

        Shared from the Pause Golden Book, Page 352:

        Inspiration is longing to Inspire us — Let It.
        Inspiration desires to Inspire our relationships — Let It.
        How is Love revealing Love to you?
        Are you pausing?
        Are you listening?
        Are you responding?
        It is your pausing, listening, and responding to Inspiration Within that is Being Truly Helpful in all of your relationships.
        This is the communication that heals, because
        this is the communication that joins.

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        Touching In – Pause 2023 – Following Inspired Inner Promptings


        Bald Eagle In Trees ~ photo by mary

        Touching In

        2nd and 4th Saturdays of the Month

        “Following Inspired Inner Promptings”

        Hi, Mary here ~ Touching In.

        Encouraging you in 2023 to truly LISTEN and FOLLOW the INSPIRED INNER
        PROMPTINGS of your True Self.

        This is what your True Self is for. I continue to find that getting to know my
        True Self is less about trying to understand my True Self at a theoretical level
        or conjuring up some fleeting feel-good experience ~ and more about
        listening to and then following my True Self in the midst of everyday life!

        In this, I experience LIVING MY PURPOSE and LIFE IS MEANINGFUL.

        Your True Self is giving you Inspired Inner Promptings.
        Are you listening?
        When I listen to my True Self in the quiet of my Pause~Mind, I receive these promptings.
        When I follow, I feel alive!

        Feeling Overloaded, Numb, Out of Sync?

        I practiced Pausing for Inspiration, for
        Love, and received the following Inspired Inner Prompting:

        Mary, you are feeling off because you are receiving Inspired Inner Promptings,
        but you are ignoring them and pushing them away.

        Instead of ignoring them, listen.
        In place of resisting them, follow.
        Rather than pushing them down, express them.
        They are a gift of infinite value.

        ~ ~ ~

        It is through Inspired Inner Promptings that
        Wisdom flows.

        No worries, your to-do will get done.

        What is not yours to do will not be done
        by you.

        If it is meant to be done, someone will do it.





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