Reacting Differently

Everything is a practice, from the right angle.

Every selfish act done to you, intentional or not, is a chance to practice inner calm. And every self-centered act you catch yourself doing is a chance to pause and react differently.

In physics, In every action there’s an opposite reaction.

In life, every reaction is a chance of a different reaction.

Our bad traits, the ones that keep us up at night, or boil our blood to the point of medication can be seen as something other than bad, from the right angle. Bad is only surface deep. Underneath, every bad trait is a chance to practice an opposite, good trait. Anger to peace. Worry and Anxiety to calm. Despair to hope.

Ignore this at your own peril (I’m talking to you too, me), because anger, resentment, anxiety… these emotional reactions hurt you more than they hurt the recipient.

And just like mindfulness practices, the practice isn’t about changing the reaction. The practice is about noticing that you are doing it. It’s noticing that your blood is boiling with rage and knowing why. The practice of noticing automatically leads to the change of reaction.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh W.

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