Within The Pause

Posted by Phillip Gordon on Monday, February 8, 2010
I noticed in an interaction with a friend last night that it is difficult for most people to sit in a pause.  We tend to rush in and fill it, with anything.  With chatter or activity.  In those moments where there seems to be nothing going on, where the silence, or non-action is prevalent, we feel a great desire to make a noise or do something. 

Consider music for a moment, the rest, the pause, belongs to the music as much as the notes.  The rest insists on a contribution to the melody, to the rhythm of the piece.  It is as much a contribution as the sound itself.  It is the music and the shape where tension gets created that seeks a resolution by the next note or phrase.   The same applies to the dramatic arts, where a pause can speak louder than the words that shape it. 

Within those moments in our lives when a pause appears, where a rest or moment leaps out of the dialogue or activity, there is a greater voice than we give credence to.  A tension grows, and for most, that tension is experienced as something unnerving, a feeling of being unsettled that requires attention.  In some ways this is true, it does.   Yet the quality of attention that is needed is not one of ridding the tension, rather it is paying attention.  When we are able to sit with these instances, rest in them, we will hear the voice of the occasion telling us what is required.  Instead of filling the gap with our compulsions we find true action, a real voice that speaks from and toward the specific event we find ourselves in.  Tension in this regard is useful.  Often the stress in our lives is created from the inability to sit in these rests, to shape the music of our lives well. 

There is a beauty in the pause, in the rests.  So often we miss it as we clamber to escape that feeling of uncertainty that arises.  This is the moment where we place our personal meaning on the events and remove ourselves from an organic experience.  For an instance it feels reassuring, even powerful, yet often we find ourselves in the same place a few beats down the phrase.  It is in the pauses and the way we relate to them that places us in the dance of life, the ebb and flow that is as natural as the tides.  These are the opportunities to play our music, to find a deeper rhythm to our lives and to connect with life around us.  The pause is the music.


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Phillip C Gordon I am an Alchemist, falling into the fires of transformation over and over as I realise the gold that I am. I choose to serve all humanity to that end, to raise the consciousness of humanity, one by one if that be the case. I am a writer, a speaker, an actor and fool.

Within The Pause

Posted by Phillip Gordon on Monday, February 8, 2010
I noticed in an interaction with a friend last night that it is difficult for most people to sit in a pause.  We tend to rush in and fill it, with anything.  With chatter or activity.  In those moments where there seems to be nothing going on, where the silence, or non-action is prevalent, we feel a great desire to make a noise or do something. 

Consider music for a moment, the rest, the pause, belongs to the music as much as the notes.  The rest insists on a contribution to the melody, to the rhythm of the piece.  It is as much a contribution as the sound itself.  It is the music and the shape where tension gets created that seeks a resolution by the next note or phrase.   The same applies to the dramatic arts, where a pause can speak louder than the words that shape it. 

Within those moments in our lives when a pause appears, where a rest or moment leaps out of the dialogue or activity, there is a greater voice than we give credence to.  A tension grows, and for most, that tension is experienced as something unnerving, a feeling of being unsettled that requires attention.  In some ways this is true, it does.   Yet the quality of attention that is needed is not one of ridding the tension, rather it is paying attention.  When we are able to sit with these instances, rest in them, we will hear the voice of the occasion telling us what is required.  Instead of filling the gap with our compulsions we find true action, a real voice that speaks from and toward the specific event we find ourselves in.  Tension in this regard is useful.  Often the stress in our lives is created from the inability to sit in these rests, to shape the music of our lives well. 

There is a beauty in the pause, in the rests.  So often we miss it as we clamber to escape that feeling of uncertainty that arises.  This is the moment where we place our personal meaning on the events and remove ourselves from an organic experience.  For an instance it feels reassuring, even powerful, yet often we find ourselves in the same place a few beats down the phrase.  It is in the pauses and the way we relate to them that places us in the dance of life, the ebb and flow that is as natural as the tides.  These are the opportunities to play our music, to find a deeper rhythm to our lives and to connect with life around us.  The pause is the music.


Tags: creating soul "personal development" heart mystic abundance 
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