Monday, July 26, 2010

Reacting and Responding

When we react we are not in the present moment. We are re-acting/acting again/back or against something. As Albert Einstein said, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." We react when we're triggered, and very often it's a knee jerk reaction where we return to an old conditioned state which needs healing and resolving.

The first step is to be aware. When you're mindful you notice, in the moment, that you are re-acting, which is when you move into responding instead. This brings you immediately into the present moment, where you can act from a position of clarity and authentic power.


shasha said...

sometimes it's really hard to control our reactions. esp. when we become too emotional; so i think it starts with learning to be in control of our emotions and change our mindset to a much clearer one before responding.

Noreen Barron said...

Yes it is, Shasha, but I don't think it's about controlling them. The more we try to control, the more struggle and resistance we create, if we allow our self to feel them instead, we respond rather than react. The way we view and perceive the emotions we have, particularly the uncomfortable ones, will determine how emotionally healthy we become.