Many of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are instinctual reactions to life events. Your brain likes to follow familiar patterns and keep quick information at the ready, to help you solve problems and to survive.
So it may take a bit more work, a bit more time, to engage the parts of the brain that help us respond with clear rational thinking rather than the typical knee-jerk reactions. Once we learn to slow down reactivity, perhaps by pausing and breathing in the midst of a stressful situation, we often find empowerment and the freedom to choose if and how to respond.
In mindful presence,
May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.
Lori Furbush teaches Qigong, Yoga, Reiki, & Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She weaves MINDFULNESS & RELAXATION into every moment.