This pausing mechanism is one I’d do well to cultivate, but I sometimes feel like my neurons just fire so fast and my brain has so many “grooves” created over time that bypassing them is like trying to create a new flow for a raging river that’s already carved out a canyon! So here’s my plan for how not to react.
- Step 1: Count to 5.
- Step 2: Take three conscious breaths.
- Step 3: Ask “What is MOGO (most good) in this situation?”.
- Step 4: Reflect upon the impact of my decision.
- Step 5: Remind myself of what I consider to be the best qualities of human beings.
- Step 6: Choose to act consciously, rather than react unconsciously.
I’m working on it. The list is easy to write; so hard to enact.
What about you? How do you act upon your deepest wisdom rather than react through ingrained patterns?
Author of Most Good, Least Harm and
Above All, Be Kind
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