I love this quote from Viktor E. Frankl. He says: ” 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“.
I believe it’s one of the most difficult things to achieve as most of us are instantly reactive. Despite all the good intentions that we set when we are in a calm state, we find ourselves snapping at the first sting.
When I first read this quote I saved it, and came back to it a while after, very intrigued. I was in a place where everything triggered me. i really wanted to gain more mindful control of my reactions, to create that pause that Frankl says defines freedom to choose.
I realized it was very easy to be calm, patient, and kind when I’m surrounded by nature or practicing in a serene place 😉 but as soon as something came my way I forgot everything I learned and became irritated, intolerant and harsh.
Two of the most amazing people I know, who happen to be my teachers, told me that to access that space when i need it, to train and prepare my brain, I had to consistently practice Yoga & mindful Meditation. I know that holding poses, especially ones that need my focus and patience, along with breathing, can get me into that deep state of awareness… the tricky part for me, and one that I am working on, is to find that state in my day to day life, when things get tough, when I’m overwhelmed and tired but I still have to present and functional… It takes and dedication, but I know I will get there.
So grab your mat my friends, or your meditation cushion, and make time for your personal growth… you are worth it!
Have you heard of this quote before? Does it speak to you?
I would love for you to share your thoughts with me on this subject!
Yours in Vibrant Health,
My Love & Gratitude to Linda Crossley & Julian Walker for their continuous guidance.