I sat up straight when I read this because I’m known to tell people to think about what they need to do like it’s the last minute, so don’t hesitate. Just do something, and you’ll get feedback about whether it works or not!
When I shared this pausing practice with friends, like me, they immediately slowed down to think about how a pause in action could work. I thought of a conversation I was itching to have and instead coached myself to “just wait.” The phrase slowed me down to think about the impact of my words. It also slowed me down to understand why I was in such a hurry to act hastily. Impatience was fueling my action along with my words and tone. Waiting allowed me to be with what happened in a new way. The result was peace of mind, and lo and behold, waiting allowed the person to come to me with a solution that worked.
I experienced power versus force, the power of sitting instead of the force of doing.
Where can you use this pausing practice? Let me know what you learn.
PAULETTE LOVES BOOKS!
She is an avid reader on many subjects and shares inspirations for mindful practices based on the stories, philosophies, and teachings shared by authors worldwide.
She believes you can find the secrets to living a profoundly happy and healthy life in the pages of many a manuscript authored by masters and novices alike.
Paulette shares what she's learned in easy-to-apply morsels as she practices the insights in her approach to mindfulness, communication, conflict, and just being yourself.
Write to Paulette if a book you love has changed your perspective. Or read one of the books she's listed here and let her know what you've taken away as a personal practice.