As you are aware, I recently had a period of leave where I was able to get off the treadmill and enjoy travel and all that comes with that. The chance to see sites of natural wonder and beauty, to visit places of historical significance, art galleries and museums within the eastern region of the USA was something most enjoyable.
One thing I have reflected on was the benefit of the ‘pause’ from the hurly burly of life. The pause was not a stop, rather a momentary time to reflect, to consider, to ponder on, to dream and imagine. In this space I was able to renew and recreate.
How do we in daily life take time to pause? To pause for fleeting moments to reflect on what has just happened in an interaction or conversation; time to pause to rekindle, to regroup.
As part of my time away I was involved in a 4-day workshop facilitated by Peter Senge and Otto Scharmer with around 30 other participants, including Mignon Weckert. A focus of the workshop was around ‘social field’; the space that we occupy and interact within. One of the things shared was the value and benefit to take time to pause. Each day commenced with a time of meditation. A time to focus attention, mental energy and effort so that we could truly be present.
Each of us in our daily lives has a multitude of interactions and conversations. If prior to these interactions we were to take time to pause, we may well have enhanced focus and clarity. If then again after these interactions we pause to reflect, we may well gain further insights that could be beneficial to intended outcomes. This is an area in which I know I can further grow and develop.
From a Christian perspective there is opportunity to ‘pause’; to take time to enter meditation that may involve reflection on scripture or a time of prayer. In doing this we can draw close to our ultimate source of wisdom, that being our relationship with our loving heavenly Father and rely on this strength and power to guide us in all things.
The words of the psalmist in Psalm 77 11-12, 14 resonate with me and hopefully also with you:
I will remember your great deeds, Lord; I will recall the wonders you did in the past.
I will think about all that you have done; I will meditate on your mighty acts. … You are the God who works miracles; you showed your might amongst the nations.
It is my prayer that you create regular time to pause through meditation. In creating this time, you are allowing yourself to reflect and be restored and in doing this, enable yourself to interact with the Holy Spirit and receive the blessing of peace and assurance that only comes from God.