Thursday 13 – My Favorite “Gap” Moments

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For this week’s Thursday 13, I thought I would share some of my favorite “Gap” moments. “Gap” moments are when you hear or see something that stops you dead in your tracks, forces you to pay attention to it solely, and takes your breath away. For a deeper explanation, check out this interview with Pema ChΓΆdrΓΆn & k.d. lang.

Here are my 13 favorite “Gap” Moments (in no particular order):

  1. Joyous Laughter – this is the kind of laughter where you know the person is thoroughly enjoying whatever it is that they are doing. My father and brother’s laughter often makes me stop and reflect. It is a moment of pure pleasure for me. Children’s laughter will do this to me too.
  2. The Ocean – whether it is by listening to her breathe or just gazing at her majestic waves, I always stop and reflect, breathless and in awe.
  3. Birds Singing – although all birds singing will make me stop and listen, I am especially keen on the cawing of ravens and crows. They will stop me dead, no matter what I am doing. I will listen, imagine, become them in my mind. This is probably my most favorite “gap” moment.
  4. Sunrises – the glorious colors of red, orange and pinks put me in sheer awe. It is like watching the Divine paint the sky.
  5. Sunsets – watching the sky change from bright blue to indigo and splashed with reds and purples leaves me sighing and feels me with inspiration.
  6. Music – while not all music gives me “gap” moments, I don’t fully know why some does. It could be a melody or the lyrics, a guitar rip or the drums, a sax or piano. When it happens, I may have memory flashes or just feel completely in awe, but I definitely must pay attention.
  7. Deep Voices – there is just something about a deep voice that makes me stop and listen. It could be on TV, in a Movie, or a Song, or just someone nearby. It doesn’t matter what they are saying. I am not eavesdropping. I am just listening to the tone of their voice.
  8. Low Flying Planes – this is the only “Gap” moment that I do not find glorious. It creates fear and stops me dead in my tracks. I cannot focus on anything else until it has moved on. I mention it hear because although it causes me to react so badly, I am strangely fascinated by my reaction to it.
  9. Fire – I both fear and respect fire and whenever I see it anywhere – a fireplace, a candle, or a campfire – I am drawn to it and can lose myself staring into it.
  10. Chanting – whether it be during meditation, at a Buddhist or Hindu Temple, or in a Witches’ Circle, I am drawn to this sound, stop, reflect, and feel at peace.
  11. Certain Smells – spices and herbs, some flowers, evergreens, musky cologne or perfume, and Ivory soap… all of these will make me stop and reflect. I am so attracted to these smells. I will have memory flashes or just be in awe.
  12. Sleeping babies and animals – both of these have the same effect on me. I get lost watching them for as long as possible.
  13. Reading a Poem or Story with Powerful Imagery – these definitely cause me to stop and reflect, hold my breath, and gasp. I live for these!

How about you? What are some of your favorite “Gap” Moments? Share them with me in comments.


12 thoughts on “Thursday 13 – My Favorite “Gap” Moments

  1. I don’t know that I’ve heard these things called “gap” moments before, but I like the term. I have them when I hear helicopters and during thunderstorms. Welcome back to Thursday 13! Glad you found us again.

    • I knew what they were, but never heard the term until I read that article I linked. Yours are some interesting “gap” moments πŸ™‚ And thank you for the welcoming πŸ™‚ Have a great evening!

  2. I’m occasionally a little later for work this time of year as my (20-25 minute) commute on an otherwise untraveled back road coincides with sunrise. I’m compelled to pull over & watch, maybe journal a few lines before resuming my drive.

  3. I had no idea Thursday 13 was still happening. I used to participate when I first started blogging back in 2005. I had some amazing lists back in the day. Maybe I’ll participate next week!!

      • I went in search of the original Thursday 13 website and only saw the New Thursday 13. So I’m thinking the old one is gone and it’s been revived. Either way, all good and looking forward to participating again!!

      • Yeah, if I recall, someone mentioned that something happened to the old server that hosted the original, or the one who ran it closed down their website maybe? I don’t remember exactly now, but I am glad you at least found the new one and will be joining in πŸ™‚

  4. Someone once told me that most music in the key of E is sad, and I think she was spot on. Most of my favorite songs seem to be in a minor key, and that resonates, big time. I have to stop and listen. sometimes to the point of pulling over on the back roads and waiting for the music to end. It’s that powerful.

    I cannot not ignore geese flying overhead. I will stand, transfixed, until their honking has long gone…

    In early evening, in the summer, the wood thrush comes to the edge of our woods and sings and sings. It’s not a sound I can ignore, and it always brings back memories of the first time I heard one.

    • Oh wow. I didn’t know that about music… I will have to pay closer attention now and see how it affects me. The geese and wood thrush are some powerful gap moments. Thank you for sharing these with me, Judy!

      • my pleasure, Lori. I do know that anytime I hit music in a particular key it does something to my gut, a feeling almost of apprehension, but in a pleasant way. We’re all creatures of rhythm and harmony anyway, and there are days when it seems like the right music can have me vibrating like a tuning fork.

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