The One-Minute Pause
Get quiet

The beauty of a one-minute pause is it allows us to get quiet. This Tiny Practice is based on the “moment of silence” that begins many meetings at EILEEN FISHER Inc. This offers everyone a chance to let go of whatever they were just doing, get present in the room and prepare to engage with what’s next. In addition, there are no rules about what to do. Hence, all you have to do is maintain silence between the chimes.

Just press play and enjoy this simple video featuring an opening chime, silence, and a closing chime. Bookmark this page and return often!


The scientifically proven benefits of mindfulness and meditation are widely known — they can include numerous physiological effects as well as enhanced creativity, better relationships, and more ease and sense of well-bring. The impact is immediate and grows with practice.

Thoughts on how you might use this practice?

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  • Maureen Cohen says:

    I used this at our team meeting this morning! Thank you! It went over well!!

  • marge says:

    How can I set this up to ring every 90 minutes when I am on my computer.. maybe even every hour.

  • Mary L. Robinson says:

    I have tried using this moment of pause to center within myself for several days and once within the hours of one day. I can appreciate both the degree of movement toward soothing quiet in my thoughts and body muscles, posture, and breath. The practice is refreshing, in that a bigger space is created or found for realignment within myself. It seems to bring a perspective of quiet observance of self with more caring and space of peace within.

  • Hemasri Chava says:

    The vibration of the sound bringing immense silence and in tune with the being…thank you for this 1 min pause.
    Feeling wonderful.

  • shirley says:

    What a great way to start the day. I’ve added it to my favorites and will be used for Me Time!

  • Carolyn ryffel says:

    I’m using it to start a conference presentation on Developing Global Competence in the English Classroom. I’m adding Centering Practices to Andy Molinsky’s framework for developing Global Dexterity. His skill-building is missing the somatic part.

  • Shirley Chosy says:

    There are times during the day when stress takes over and we all need a way to calm ourselves and be ready to
    enjoy the possibilities which arise.

  • Marla Del says:

    It can be as simple as lighting a candle and taking a deep breath . . . .

  • Mary Lee Cole says:

    Remember to use it.

  • Doris neckelmann says:

    Thank you Eileen for guiding women in this so important part of life which is mindfulness! Thanks again!

  • Sandra says:

    Before or after my daily devotion.

  • Nancy says:

    I would used to start my day every day.

  • Kim Rodeffer Funk says:

    How absolutely beautiful! I could do this for hours. Can you make it for longer?

  • Robby says:

    Wow. So simple and so powerful. At the start of my day as I leave home. As I begin a meeting, or about to join a meeting. I’d love it to beep me /pinch me at different times throughout the day as a reminder.

  • Carolyn says:

    It was great. My mind did not wander until just before the minute was up. I have book marked this and will practice several times a day

  • Elena McHugh says:

    This practice is valuable in many elements of my life, including a way to communicate and bond with others whom I don’t know.

  • Elena McHugh says:

    I can use this practice in every element of my life. For now, it will be a way of communing with others, from home, while I search for a new job.

  • Linda says:

    I’ve just retired after 45 years of toil, and am charting a new course beyond employment, and as a new widow. Loved your moment of stillness. Thanks for sharing

  • Charlene Newkirk says:

    I am a Community College Campus president for a campus that has 4200 students and over 200 faculty and staff. My six deans and I hold planning and update meetings biweekly. I tried it at the start of our meeting last week, and everyone told me how much they appreciated having a moment to just be still. Being still helps us to figure out how to be effective and aware of the present. Being still helps us to be in touch with what is important to the people who we serve. They all asked for a copy of the link to use at their staff meetings. Thank you for this little blessing. Sharing it is an act of kindness and a gift to my staff and me. Happy Holidays! Namaste. Charlene

  • Helen Gyimesi says:

    Thank you for this gift. Namaste

  • Tracey Lynne McFerran says:

    I work in a very stressful environment with traumatized teenage girls. There are many times we, as staff, become inwardly overwhelmed but cannot show it. This is a wonderful practice I can do anywhere, even the bathroom, to help me regroup and come back to myself. God bless you and your team!

  • Carol says:

    I learnt a similiar practice at School of Practical Philosophy and use it daily and at the begining of every coaching session with my clients. We become present and let go of all expecations and focus our full attention to our work.

  • debra merle says:

    This is such a thoughtful thing to share! Thank you! I closed my eyes and thought about all the people I ran into today that I’m grateful for. I hope to use this every day!

  • Pamela Nesbit says:

    Thank you. Namaste.

  • nancy says:

    Thanks so much for this! What a nice way to take a quick break and focus on your self. Really useful for when you are overly distracted because you don’t have to worry about the time.

  • Faye says:

    Thank you. Namaste, Faye

  • Mary Ann Lico says:

    It brings me to my focal point so then I can see and feel what my main focus should be at the moment. Very important for me. Thank you.

  • delia calixtro says:

    Small moments many times I love it. I am a MBSR teacher in training with Umass Center For Mindfulness and one of the practices that is encouraged is to do a formal practice and during the day take a minute or a mindful pause. Thank you Eileen I love your pp cloth and I love that you are practicing and spreading Mindfulness
    May you continue being successful on your journey

  • Gay Gooen says:

    Thank you for this. As a meditation and yoga teacher, I keep a chime similar to this in my studio and one in my bedroom as well. I wake up each morning to a chime and close the day with the same sound. I take deep and conscious breaths during the lovely mindful minute, and if my mind ever wanders, it it to contemplate the gift of total awareness of the moment.

  • Gina says:

    Throughout the day: just pausing to take a moment and connect with the breath and with ever present stillness: beautiful: thank you for this lovely gift.

  • kk says:

    Before beginning to write.

  • Harpreet Gujral says:

    to pause and refresh durinv the day especially when I notice some angst,getting low on focus.
    Also to begin my meetings and thank my colleagues to give each other this gift.
    Thank you, Eileen!

  • Katherine michals says:

    I love it. I try this sometimes by myself. So helpful. Love the chimes.

  • Judith says:

    Hey…this is almost as good as flinging myself on my belly on the floor (gently) and saying
    “I give up!”