Practicing the Pause Before You Speak.
Social Media can either uplift, inspire, amplify, influence, or shift your moods in the most positive ways; likewise, it can show division, hate, disrespect, ignorance, greed, falsifications, and ways that people think they are living in a much better way than their fellow-man by putting others down. Using words like “all” and “everyone who ever did this__”, and hashtags folks have found which are derogatory, so they feel better in that one moment maybe being part of the mean hashtag club. In light of many recent events, I just encourage you to practice the pause right now brothers and sisters. The pause is important.
Are you alienating people you once broke bread with? Are your words in hate and anger more important the human being? Do you feel better arguing on social media or perhaps by doing so you are becoming the very thing you are so vehemently denying?
I spoke to you guys this week on my page about a few things and people commented that I looked a bit tired…maybe sad even. The leaders/clergy/healers of the world have a lot on their shoulders right now and they aren’t perfect either. Whatever religion, beliefs, or views you have, I want you to think about a few things before getting into a debate with others on social media.
3 Ways to Practice the Pause:
Is it True? (How would you know for sure) Is it Necessary? (Is it adding value to your feed) Is it Kind? (if the answer is no…) This is actually pretty interesting as it comes from a book of Victorian Poems called Miscellaneous Poems by Mary Ann Pietzker published in 1872. Here is an excerpt:
Is It True? Is It Necessary? Is It Kind?
Oh! Stay, dear child, one moment stay,
Before a word you speak,
That can do harm in any way
To the poor, or to the weak;
And never say of any one
What you’d not have said of you,
Ere you ask yourself the question,
“Is the accusation true?”
And if ’tis true, for I suppose
You would not tell a lie;
Before the failings you expose
Of friend or enemy:
Yet even then be careful, very;
Pause and your words well weigh,
And ask it be necessary,
What you’re about to say.
And should it necessary be,
At least you deem it so,
Yet speak not unadvisedly
Of friend or even foe,
Till in your secret soul you seek
For some excuse to find;
And ere the thoughtless word you speak,
Ask yourself, “Is it kind?”
So, my thought is this. If you are out there shouting the words of someone who does not practice the pause, and deliberately provoking people you once considered a friend, how are you being different from what you are shouting about? To be honest, I expect those of you reading this do, in fact, practice the pause. We can only work to change ourselves and most often I have found those who are actively working to change themselves, will reflect on this and think about it in more than one aspect.
Because I want you to have more than one take away here, especially if this brought to mind certain people in your life, I was doing research on how anger affects the brain (for my Club content), and this wonderful PDF is free so while I wanted to share this with my Club, I also want you to have it today.
In a nutshell, the research from The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine outlines how stress hormones affect your body. Those of you with heart problems acting in anger will elevate your heart rate, blood pressure will rise, arterial tension rises, blood glucose level and blood fatty acid levels will rise as well. I don’t want you to basically have a stroke over your anger and reactivity. I also don’t want your headaches to increase (have you noticed that), your stomach to be upset, and your immune system to be weakened all because of how you are reacting to stress.
If this helped you in any way, here are a few tips on how to practice a simple meditation. << Thank you my friends. I wish you good health.