I was bicycling at my gym this morning listening to a Major General of our Armed Forces talk on a podcast about meditation. He was explaining how the military is incorporating meditation into their basic training of soldiers. The science behind mindfulness had convinced the military that their soldiers could make better decisions if they learn to respond not react. To respond rather than react could be the same as building not destroying. Reacting can tap places in the mind and heart that are angry or fearful and can bring up these emotions without forethought. Responding, on the other hand infers that some thought has proceeded the action.
While meditating, I can't tell you how hard it is to watch the feeling of an itch develop instead of reacting by scratching. It requires that I scan for sensations and register what I am feeling. My efforts at meditation can be a good foundation for building connections, while the opposite, reacting to to stimuli negatively, can destroy my relationships.
I am hoping to build a less reactivate mind with Christ-like responses.
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