The above tea tag has stuck with me. I realize that I do a LOT more reacting then I do acting (responding.)
There are certainly times where it feels all we can do is react. However often we can take a breath and respond to that person, situation, fear even tasks around our living and working environments.
Responding feels more intentional, Mindful and Peaceful. (=Acting, thought out and purposeful)
React feels more chaotic, scattered
I have found myself too many times slipping into react mode about life in general. Instead of responding to what I want and need to do that day/evening. I react. I react by getting sucked into the vortex of emails in my inbox (most of which could wait) I react by taking it personal instead of taking a deep breath, I react by allowing the clutter to distract me from the things that matter more in that moment (though there are times where clearing that clutter is a response to overwhelm not a reaction-it’s more intentional)
Do you find yourself doing this too? Did you even realize that is what you were doing? I didn’t and sometimes in the midst of it I still don’t.
Some ideas I will start to put into practice that I think will help!
- Each evening spend a few minutes scheduling the next day ( I create a weekly schedule but don’t always set specific days for specific tasks. )
- Breathe before I respond and ask myself what (if anything) needs to be responded to.
- Schedule in daily 5 minute blitzes. Where I have time purposely set aside to do bits of decluttering (physical space or mental space!)
- Get more specific, sometimes we leave so much openness and freedom that it can make us feel totally stuck on what to do where, when etc. because we have “too many” choices!
Do you have a grounding, centering tool, practice or mantra? I would love to hear it!
Here is to living Inspired, Creative and Empowered