Learn to clear mind and heart through meditation
“Your whole life experience depends on your state of mind and state of emotion.
Learn to clear mind and heart to have a better life”
- Michaël -
Ever wonder why some people respond in the same destructive way over and over even though they keep getting the same bad results?
Many of us can relate to having unhealthy coping mechanisms and responses to things like stress, fear, or other agitating emotional states. Often, we are unaware of the subconscious processes going on and we may, for example, instinctively reach for an alcoholic beverage at the end of a long, hard day, never realizing we are setting ourselves for an addictive pattern that may one day claim our health, or possibly our life.
Addiction or other self-destructive behaviors or habits are learned responses to environmental and emotional triggers. You can un-learn these responses and create new ones, thus building a healthier way of engaging with the world, your emotional landscape, and your family and friends.
A trigger is simply a stimulus that arises upsetting feelings, which may lead to problematic behaviors. We all have triggers, and we all have unhealthy ways in which we deal with them. But, we have the power to stop our automatic responses and re-route. The challenge is learning to identify our triggers and then recognizing them when they are happening.
“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
- Viktor E. Frankl -
what fires together, wires together!
There are 2 types of triggers
We get stuck in negative emotions such as anger, sadness, or anxiety and react in extremely emotional ways — getting violent, yelling and screaming, withdrawing completely, etc...
Try the following
Take a sheet of paper and create three columns.
- Current Reaction
- New Response
Write each one of your triggers. You can think of these as things that “push your buttons.”
List how you normally react when this button is pushed.
Write what you could do as a conscious response instead of your normal reaction to it.
I'll give you an example to make it easier for you to understand what I am saying here:
Life is full of triggers, know this. But, also know you have the choice and the power to respond to those triggers in ways that are healthy and achieve better outcomes. In this way, you transform your life for good.
Keep exploring the wonderful power of meditation.
Wishing you all peace, love and good energy.