It calls forth your best. There are 24 character strengths you can turn to in any moment. When you pause, you short-circuit your autopilot mind, mindlessness, and the barrage of spinning thoughts. You refocus and get clarity on what matters most in that moment. This helps you remember you have powerful strengths that can be immediately used.
Examples of “The Mindful Pause” in Action
As Thich Nhat Hanh often says, may the fruits of our practice bring benefit to others. Here are some real-world examples of how this invaluable practice has been used by people around the world. Their examples follow a couple of my own immediately below.