1999-2019: Celebrating 20 Years of Ripples!
Ripples #1050: A Sacred Pause
July 8, 2019
I need to take a sacred pause, as if I were a sun warmed rock in the center of a rushing river.
-Dawna Markova, shared by Thomas in Kansas City, MO
Believe us, they say, it is a serious thing just to be alive on this fresh morning in this broken world. I beg of you, do not walk by without pausing to attend to this rather ridiculous performance.
-Mary Oliver, shared by Judy in Tampa, FL
I love the hustle bustle of my crazy full life. It is so exhilarating! It is also exhausting. I long ago learned that I am most effective as a professional and as a person when I carve out time and space for occasional pauses. That usually means a few minutes each day, and a few hours each week that are unplugged, unscheduled, and unrehearsed.
It also means that a few times a year I need a more substantial pause: one that involves stepping away from my regular schedule and my regular activities…even social media and these weekly Ripples emails that I love so! It is time for me to press pause for a bit. Fear not, Ripply friends: I spent the last two months creating and uploading a few extra Ripples so they will still zoom out to you each Monday during this sacred pause.
While I am resting and daydreaming and meandering through space and time, I hope you will consider daydreaming about how a sacred pause might help replenish your spirit. See you in a few weeks!
The Ripples Guy
P.S. I will eventually glance at emails that pile up while I’m offline, but may not be able to respond–I’ll let you know when I’m back in action so you can resend anything urgent.