How we shift from mindless to mindful, from reactive to proactive
What it takes to make this shift, to reboot ourselves, is what we call here Active Pause. In everyday language, what we call a pause is a moment where activity is suspended, i.e. something that we associate with a blank as opposed to activity. Adding the word ‘active’ may seem like a paradox. This is to make the point that this pause is not just a ‘blank’ but an intentional rupture from the status quo, i.e. the flow of things as they currently are.
Without rupture, there is no possibility of a breakthrough. If this pause were just a pause, in the ordinary sense of the term, what comes after it would be pretty much the same as what comes before it. But the value of this pause is that it allows for disruption, for the possibility of change.
It takes such a pause to interrupt the 'automatic pilot' mode under which we normally function. This may just entail the slightest of pauses, barely noticeable if at all. It's just taking a tiny moment to interrupt routine. Most often, the "aha moment" is an ever-so-slight shift, not a dramatic change. It's not much, and it's a lot: We give ourselves a chance to have a fresh look at what life brings us, moment by moment. To have a sense of our own engagement in our own life. To be mindful rather than mindless.
The people who are involved with Active Pause as readers and contributors have this in common: We value mindful interaction and inner connection, and we literally make time for it in our everyday life: We pause.
The Active Pause project explores everyday mindfulness as proactive interaction with life. We have different perspectives on how to shift from 'mindless' to 'mindful', such as thoughtful pause, meditation practice, emotional regulation, Focusing, etc. We share our experiences in order to collectively gain more breadth and depth in our endeavor to make sense of life, moment by moment.
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