Every two weeks on a Friday afternoon we host a video call for anyone in our community that can make it where we invite them to pull up a virtual chair and Press Pause for 90 mins or so. It is a simple and unvarnished affair – we hold a space for people to come together to check in and share with others where they are at right now, what’s coming up for them and what are the ways they are finding to thrive and contribute as best they can.
As our enforced period of lockdown and reduced freedom continues finding time and space to unplug, reflect and review is ever more important and one of the subtle challenges associated with Press Pause is that you only miss it once you haven’t been for a week or two or even a few months but when you do plug back in and reconnect it’s so refreshing and powerful that it jolts you back into remembering the importance and the simplicity in coming into a space that is less about being talked at and taught to and much more about bearing witness to the brilliance of human beings connecting, sharing and being vulnerable in a way that demonstrates the very best of us.
I could go on and describe Press Pause in more detail but instead I’ll give you a flavour of what some of our regular participants have to say about it. I think you’ll agree that we have something unique and special on our hands and that if you’re willing to show up with an open hear and an open mind you’ll find huge reward in dialling in and being part of the conversation whether you’re talking or simply tuning into listen.
“I have been dialling into the Press Pause sessions for the past few months and I have found them to be a great safe, enjoyable space to listen, reflect and be open with each other. It is almost sacred. I didn’t know anyone before I joined and felt completely welcome”,
“It’s hard to put into words what joining the Press Pause Sessions meant to me over the past few months. Some days I wasn’t sure in advance why I was joining the session; my logical brain was looking for a reason! However once I had joined a session I felt I had found my tribe, we were all grappling with various issues and it was essentially a true dialog with no agenda, everyone who brought up an issue or a problem felt supported and validated. I felt that I could bring my true self warts and all with no mask on and I would be supported no matter what”,
“Press Pause has provided a lifeline to switch off and connect with a unique bunch of professionals who are willing to drop the personas and speak openly about their challenges or wins. When Covid -19 struck and finding a network was important, the draw card to calling in on a Friday evening was the sheer authentic nature of the conversations”,
Find out a little bit more about Press Pause which is part of our broader new offering ‘You First’ https://www.belowtheline.ie/you-first