Reacting vs. Responding

The more work we do on ourselves (both mentally and physically) the less reactive we become. The less reactive we become the calmer we become and in turn our life and things around us get calmer. When our emotional mind dominates, we make emotional decisions. Our reasonable mind makes decisions with intellect, they key is to get balance and make decisions with both. We can actively practice not reacting to situations by stopping ourselves before we say anything or do anything. We can breathe and either continue to not say or do anything or take more time to consider it. This takes a lot of practice. We can become quieter and more considered. After the saying and doing becomes easy to stop, we tend to find we stop thinking or feeling the rapid surge of feelings that result in a reaction, we become naturally calmer and respond more appropriately instead of reacting in ways that we can regret, or that can hurt ourselves or others. Remaining neutral until we have all of the facts in a situation is good practice. Saying nothing. Observing and listening. We can always choose to be gentle and kind

The most irritating and difficult people are the best opportunities to practice patience, acceptance and compassion. We can find the good in everyone, if we try hard enough.

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