Conscious Pauses

DSCN2049Do you always pause before taking action?   If you naturally pause and are consciously aware before you speak and take action you are in the minority.   Many of us had to work really hard to engage this skill and most of us are still working toward mastery.   If you share your thoughts spontaneously, speaking before you think about the consequences or the impact that your words might have upon others… then you probably suffer the results in many ways.

I used to defend my right to speak my mind and share my feelings.  I realized over the many years of having to eat humble pie frequently that I had to stop this outward flow of my current perception.  My automatic triggers and opinions have caused a considerable amount of trouble through-out my life.  Even after many years of working on this, there are times when my un-tamed inner reactions can get the best of me.  This is particularly true in stressful moments, when I am tired or in vulnerable situations.  That is when I  feel less capable of screening my thoughts and I might slip into an auto-pilot mode.

Conscious practice of mindfulness and meditation helps us manage the results of living in our fast paced culture.  This is so important to me because I know that if I am not fully aware, my emotions can be hijacked. If I loose it and share something I don’t feel good about sharing, I can end up feeling upset with myself, feel less than and have to forgive myself for being human…. again.   I don’t want to live unconsciously so I do my best to stay aware of what is going on in my thoughts, feelings and in my reactions.  I work at the practice of “conscious pausing,” so I can attune myself with Spirit.  I pray that Spirit will wake me up when I am in a blind spot or slipping into the fog of delusion.

How do you handle yourself in when you feel caught up in challenging moments.

Know that you are Loved!  Rev. Barb

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