This blogcast is entitled ‘Hit Pause For A Moment.’ (Pause) Ah! The pause that refreshes. Try it! (Pause) Close your eyes and pause for a moment. (Pause) Wasn’t that wonderful? Just a brief pause. An inside moment.
Getting into the habit of going inside for a moment is not only good theological grounding, it is one of the best forms of selfcare. In every faith tradition, the leaders of that particular movement invite their followers to ‘hit pause for a moment’ … to take time off from their busyness … to distance themselves from daily rigors … to find a quiet place to recharge their batteries.
This odyssey we call the human experience is not about confusing activity with accomplishment or piling up material trophies. It’s about a deeply felt, sometimes risky, and oftentimes unpredictable tour of the soul.
In order to tour well, in order to connect with the core of our being, we’ve got to take time out from our busyness. And this time out is really time in! It is the labyrinthine path to our Divine Nature.
Everything we do is a form of liturgy. Our daily thoughts, words, and actions are the out-picturing of our soul work. Everything we do mirrors our soul’s progress — or lack of progress.
All life requires a rhythm of activity and rest. Otherwise we make war on our own bodies. For many people, life has become a maelstrom of consumption and busyness, work and stress. Hydroplaning through life has become the activity of choice.
The Christ as Gandhi reminds us that “there is more to life than merely increasing its speed.”
The Christ as Jesus did not offer us ‘seven coping strategies to get work done faster’ or ‘five ways to handle e-mail’ or ‘ten ways to defriend someone from our Facebook.’ Instead, he offered us the Sabbath, a day of rest. A time when we can distance ourselves from material concerns.
Metaphysically, we experience the Sabbath every time we put worldly thoughts behind and focus on spiritual thoughts. A two-minute prayer is a Sabbath. A five-minute walk is a Sabbath. A one-minute affirmation is a Sabbath. A thirty-minute meditation is a Sabbath. The time it takes to read this blog entry is a Sabbath. All of these are portable Sabbaths.
A Sabbath dissolves artificial urgencies. It helps us pace ourselves. It builds rest into our day. Hitting pause for a moment liberates us from the external hoopla.
Unfortunately, we have not been conditioned to hit the pause button these days. We are told time and time again by advertisers and marketers that buying their products will make us happy and fulfilled. They plan is to keep us busy buying stuff from them.
Actually, they aren’t selling us the happiness and contentment they promise. They’re selling us unhappiness and dissatisfaction. They imply in their advertising that unless we buy their stuff we’ll never be happy.
The Armageddon for advertisers and marketers will be the day when we find that we can truly be happy, and joyful, and content without buying their products.
Experiencing a Sabbath moment, hitting pause for a moment so we can find our God connection, is a radical prescription. It takes us out of the rat race. It takes our focus from the wasteland of hyperactivity to the peace and serenity of the ‘still small voice.’
If you add an ‘a,’ an ‘l, and another ‘p’ to the word pause, you get ‘applause.’ And that’s exactly the reaction we get from our Higher Self when we hit pause for a moment. If we listen carefully we’ll hear applause.
It’ll come in the form of an inner vibration, a humming of sorts, and a warmth, that says – “Hurray, you’re finally connecting with who you really are. You’re going to the Kingdom of God within. You’re aligning yourself with your Divine Nature. You’re putting your busyness second.”
And most importantly … you are walking the Spiritual Path on practical feet!About the authors: In addition to their work with The Metaphysical Website, Revs. Drs. Bil and Cher Holton also present dynamic corporate workshops, the most popular entitled “The ExtraordinaryYou!” They are prolific authors, dynamic speakers, and master facilitators. Learn more by visiting them at: www.TheMetaphysicalWebsite.com and www.HoltonConsulting.com