Spiritual Tools - Pause

What do I do when I am pausing?

Pausing is not "doing nothing". Constant mental and physical motion creates quantity of life but not necessarily Quality. The egoic principals

  • "When I get There, then I will be happy"
  • "When I get That, then I will be happy"
  • "When They do That, then I will be happy",
are the fundamental sources of suffering. When agitated or doubtful, I find I am pursuing one of those aims. When I am rushing around and deep in the "linear thinker", I miss tapping into the intuition. More importantly, I am out of the Presence of God. When I Pause, I am most successful when I stop the "actor" and the "thinker" & "the mind made little me" - the constant conversation in the head. I turn on my awareness of the Now, become conscious of my surroundings, observe without naming or judging the Wonder that is Life. In this space intuitive and spiritual inspiration occurs. My course is halted, redirected, refined or confirmed after a time.



  1. Self-dissipline
  2. Faith
  3. Integrity
  4. Patience


  1. Stop actions and get away from interruptions if possible.
  2. If you think you are working on a Problem, rename it.to a Situation.
  3. Take a few deep, mediative breaths to help stop the thinker.
  4. Put a smile on your face, even if you do not feel like it.
  5. Become aware of your surroundings without naming or judgement.
  6. It may help to imagine sitting in a pleasant place with God, a mentor or advisor you admire.Wait for them to speak. What would they have you do in this situation? What would they suggest?
  7. Ask yourself "Is it Right?", "Is it True?", "Will it help others?"
  8. Imagine the successful implementation of the suggestons.
  9. Say Thank You.
  10. If you do not know the right course to take, it is often better to wait for the right answers to come. .


From a comment to the website. "When faced with a decision or dilemma of any kind ...my nature was to react without thinking. If I have made any progress at all, it is in the area of delaying the reaction a little and taking some time to think it through. I am the result of certain genes, plus training and education by parents, teachers, role models and others, and the experiences I have had in my lifetime thus far. From these three sources come my perception of what is the right thing to do, what is the wrong thing to do and when it is best to do nothing. My spiritual belief is that someone or something keeps reminding me, sometimes even before I need reminding, of what is right, what is wrong and what should be left alone. I have to keep it simple, not because I'm stupid, but because there is no time to waste, and no room for doubt or confusion when I need direction or help."