Transition: a change or shift from one state, subject, place, etc to another.
Grace: unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification
Rest: to cease from action or motion; refrain from labor or exertion
Pause: to stop doing something for a short time, or to make something stop for a short time
Reflect: think deeply or carefully about
Integrate: combine (one thing) with another so that they become a whole
These are the words and their meanings that I'm embracing today. So I'm taking my time getting my Wednesday writing out. Instead of 7 a.m, it's 7 p.m. No problem. Divine timing has no urgency.
In Chinese medicine there are 5 seasons - the fifth being a season of pause.
Today I'm embracing the pause between the end of an incredibly awesome family vacation and the beginning of resuming daily home life. I love the season of pause and have come to deeply honor its importance, giving space before going outward again, serving and engaging.
Taoist wisdom talks about how things in our outer world or environment will always remain changeable. This is why cultivating a strong and flexible inner-stability through our daily personal routines and mindfulness practices is important.
When I allow time for the pause between events to rest, reflect, be quiet, be tired, give myself grace as I transition and integrate what has transpired with what's to come, I feel stronger, more resilient and more stable moving forward.
I encourage you to allow yourself the season of pause any time there is a transition that you experience, a beginning and an end. It's natural. It's a part of nature. It makes sense to give yourself space to allow for it. If you recognize and honor this often over-looked part of the cycle, it will make the flow of life much smoother and much easier.
Smoother: happen without problems, difficulties or delays.
Easier: not requiring much labor or effort; not difficult; simple