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This Great Pull In Us

Everyone you see, you say to them, Love me. Of course you do not do this out loud; Otherwise, Someone would call the cops. Still though, think about this, This great pull in us To connect. Why not become the one Who lives with a full moon in each eye That is always saying, With that sweet moon language, What every other eye in this world Is dying to Hear. ~ HAFIZ Poem Title: Admit Something


Dear community,

We read this poem at the end of our MBSR graduate sit the other night and wanted to share it with you. For us, it brings to the surface the poignant reminder that at the end of the day, we all just want to be loved and connected – "this great pull in us." And yet, it's astonishing how completely tangled up we become in our autopilot habits of comparison, judgment, anger, criticism, and fear. These habits, ironically and not surprisingly, cause every single one of us to feel even more detached and inadequate. Personally, this is a big part of why we practice. It opens up the possibility of living with a full moon in each eye (or at the very least, with our eyes a little bit more open!) and engaging as many moments as we can from a place of open-heartedness. From a place of feeling worthy and grounded in love. And remembering to see the worthiness and goodness in others. This is some of the hardest work in the world. Each morning, we've been waking up and asking ourselves, "what would love have me do today?". We even have it written on a sticky on our monitor because, welp....we're human, and we sure need the reminder!

We invite you to consider a short phrase or even a word to help you connect with what's most important to you each morning, whatever that might be (posting it on a sticky note somewhere really to your bed, on your bathroom mirror, on your computer, foreheads are also great...).

Most of all, we encourage you to continue to get in touch with whatever great pull is within you.....and to listen, wholeheartedly.

We're so grateful to be in connection with you,

Rena & Ryan

Pause Cofounders


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