Hello and welcome to Motivation and Mindset Mondays! Today, let’s talk about practicing the art of non-reaction with meditation. Non-reaction is a practice that can benefit you and the people around you in many ways. Using deep breathing and meditation, you can learn to respond effectively to the stresses in your life instead of overreacting to them.
Non-reaction is important because it stops your negative emotions from running your life. If you practice non-reaction, you’ll stay calm in the stressful situations you face every day.
The Art Of Non-Reaction
Non-reaction is the ability to postpone immediate reaction until you’ve had a chance to consider carefully what is happening.
Can you remember a time in your life that you snapped at someone in anger, and later had to apologize for your outburst? Your actions didn’t represent what you truly meant.
Now think of a time that something disappointing happened to you, but you withheld reaction until you had a chance to think it over and absorb what was happening. Later, you probably reacted with a calmer and clearer demeanor. This is non-reaction.
The philosophy of non-reaction is simple in theory, but challenging to practice. It’s tempting to lose your temper and say what’s on your mind at times. Often, you’ve already reacted before you even have time to consider the meaning of the circumstance you find yourself in. This is where meditation can help you.
How Meditation Helps
Meditation is a practice that benefits your mind, body, and spirit. Meditation can be a simple, yet powerful, way to change the way stress affects your emotions. Simply choose a time to sit by yourself and clear your mind. Then you’ll begin to see things as they really are.
After practicing meditation for a while, try to bring that breathing and feeling into your everyday life. With practice, you’ll learn to meditate as you go throughout the day, and respond to stresses only after contemplating the possibilities with a cool head.
As you practice more and more, you’ll notice that you’re controlled by your emotions less and less. Instead of immediate reactions to negative situations, you’ll begin to respond calmly and appropriately to each challenge.
Practice, Practice, Practice
The only way to get the amazing benefits of meditation is to practice as often as possible. Even if you only have a few minutes, try to meditate every day. The more you practice, the better you’ll become at mastering your emotions and remaining calm when the storms come. Schedule a meditation appointment with yourself every day and be sure to keep your appointment!
Staying Stress Free and Reducing Anger
Many people search for years to find a low-cost way of controlling anger and feeling more in control. With meditation, you’re always only a few short minutes away from the stress relief you crave. Instead of reacting when you feel angry or upset, you’ll begin to seek solutions and feel more confident.
Next time you feel anxiety or anger creeping into your mind, remember that you have a choice. You can react in anger and complicate the situation, or you can respond in a way that encourages you and those around you to seek effective solutions.
In the meantime, take a few minutes today to breathe deeply, clear your mind of the day’s worries, and relax. Do the same tomorrow and the next day. The more you do, the better you’ll become at non-reaction!
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I really wanted to talk about this topic today because I wanted to share some lifestyle-based strategies to improve your overall mindset and mental health, which in turn improves your life. You must do the internal work to improve your overall health. You can do this by learning what motivates you and working each day on improving your mindset. Your thoughts control your feelings, which controls your behavior. You can cultivate certain behaviors and practices that will not only enrich your life, but that you can pass on to your family, friends, and community, so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.
If you are familiar with my approach, I use lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle modifications, such as stress reduction and mindfulness exercises, can help you feel better about yourself and your life. In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy. But I always tell my patients that conventional medications may be appropriate at this time to prevent catastrophic illness, but over time, you can work to make the necessary lifestyle changes to possibly reduce and/or eliminate medications. Please remember to always consult your physician for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any decisions whatsoever.
Tools For Motivation And Mindset
Although you don’t need a cushion to meditate, you may want to consider using one at some point. You could meditate in a chair, or simply sit on the floor if you want. You can also use pillows or cushions from your furnishings to try out. Cushion, chair, bench, floor – it’s all good. Eventually, though, if you’re not sitting upright on a chair, you’ll probably do well to buy a dedicated meditation cushion. The cushion will support your sitting posture and help you create an appealing mindfulness corner that will encourage you to practice every day. I recommend this meditation cushion and mat bundle.
If you struggle with stress, depression, or anxiety, keeping a journal can be a great idea. Even if you don’t have these conditions, journaling can enhance your life in many ways. Having difficulty processing your thoughts and emotions? Journaling can help clear that mental clutter and move towards a positive mindset. Research suggests that keeping a journal can have positive impacts on both mental and physical health. So, to start you on your journey, I recommend this self care journal.
Remember, living a healthy lifestyle including eating a whole foods plant-based diet, regular physical activity, meditation and mindfulness, as well as healthy and supportive relationships are the best ways to support mental health. Please talk with your doctor about any complementary health approaches, including supplements, you use. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.
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