How to Respond Instead of React in Stressful Situations

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Here are some more practical, mechanical steps you can take to go from being reactive in a potentially stressful situation to being nonreactive—in other words, responding appropriately. We call this "crossing the bridge". WHEN YOU'RE being nonreactive, we say that you're responding instead of reacting. When it comes to stressful situations, responding means moving through …

Learn the Skill of Being Emotionally Nonreactive

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Being emotionally nonreactive is a skill that can be learned. Instead of react, you can respond thoughtfully and realistically. That happens naturally when you follow the three key elements of mindfulness.  AS YOU may have read, the primary indicator of being nonreactive (i.e. responding) is that you have choice. In other words, you know that …

The Amygdala Hijack: How Meditation Can Help

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Science has shown that the brains of long-term meditators are actually wired to be less susceptible to an amygdala hijack.  THE AMYGDALA acts as the brain’s radar for threat. It constantly scans the input it’s receiving from the senses for signs of danger. If it perceives a threat, the amygdala circuitry triggers the flight-or-flight response. …

The Three Key Elements of Mindfulness

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In order to simplify the learning and application of mindfulness, we've identified three key elements: Being Aware, Being Nonjudgmental; Being Nonreactive. To equate these to bicycle riding, they'd be: balance, movement, and knowing how to stop! IF YOU do some research into mindfulness you’ll come across a great many definitions, phrases, terms and explanations. My …