Thursday, April 26, 2007

Today's Inspiration: Change..again


I'm finding myself in a familiar, uncomfortable situation and my first response is to react as I always have, and I know that the Universe is calling me to do something different, to learn and grow and change. The way I did it in the past didn't work, no sense in repeating it, time to try something new. But change is difficult, and old habits are hard to break. I came across this article in Daily Om which speaks of this, I'm going to spend some time reflecting upon this today.

Daily Om
Conditioned Response
Reactions To Life Events

Our experiences color everything. The events of the past can have a profound effect on how we see our lives now and what we choose to believe about our world. Our past experiences can also influence our emotional reactions and responses to present events. Each of us reacts to stimulus based on what we have learned in life. There is no right or wrong to it; it is simply the result of past experience. Later, when our strong feelings have passed, we may be surprised at our reactions. Yet when we face a similar situation, again our reactions may be the same. When we understand those experiences, we can come that much closer to understanding our reactions and consciously change them.

Between stimulus and reaction exists a fleeting moment of thought. Often, that thought is based on something that has happened to you in the past. When presented with a similar situation later on, your natural impulse is to unconsciously regard it in a similar light. For example, if you survived a traumatic automobile accident as a youngster, the first thing you might feel upon witnessing even a minor collision between vehicles may be intense panic. If you harbor unpleasant associations with death from a past experience, you may find yourself unable to think about death as a gentle release or the next step toward a new kind of existence. You can, however, minimize the intensity of your reactions by identifying the momentary thought that inspires your reaction. Then, next time, replace that thought with a more positive one.

Modifying your reaction by modifying your thoughts is difficult, but it can help you to see and experience formerly unpleasant situations in a whole new light. It allows you to stop reacting unconsciously. Learning the reason of your reactions may also help you put aside a negative reaction long enough to respond in more positive and empowered ways. Your reactions and responses then become about what's happening in the present moment rather than about the past. As time passes, your negative thoughts may lose strength, leaving only your positive thoughts to inform your healthy reactions.

5 comments:

Becky said...

i agree entirely with this post. also that daily om looks very interesting. have you read the book girlosophy by anthea paul? if not i think you would enjoy it.

Rapunzel said...

Becky, I have never heard of that book but did a quick google search and found it, sounds like an awesome read! Thank you for the recommendation.

Becky said...

your welcome, i found that book browsing in a bookstore one day and purchased it. i read it and i really enjoyed it. it inspired me to change my lifestyle to one more spiritually and mentally healthy. now i read tidbits from it every day!

Mother of Invention said...

Hey, it's worth a try...nothing to lose.

Grace said...

The Daily Ohm messages never cease to amaze me - how timely the words always are.

I'm thinking about you - sending cyberhugs your way.