To React or Not?
The question enters me frequently. (I), like so many other human beings; bounce between my spiritual self (the all knowing, righteous, peace seeking, and zen loving part of me) and the physical self (skin, emotion, vengeful, lustful, spontaneous, thoughtless, and carefree part of me).
I wrestle with myself on what to do when confrontational situations come up. Sometimes, I think of how I will fend off moral uncomfortable incidents? Also, if I am attacked, do I fight back? If I am verbally disrespected; do I myself become just as belligerent? Do I debate and challenge all that want a battle or a visible response?
From the Bill Collector to the Evil-Eye Onlooker...
From the "Ex" to the Preacher...From the Parent to the Employer...
It seems so easy to react; to feel and to be affected and sometimes infected by outside powers be they negative or positive. But why?
Could it not be just as simple to not react? To not move, to not be shaken? We all hear of steadfastness and standing still in the face of adversity..but how often do we adhere to it or even advise it?
The "Conscious" or the Spiritually Awake, should be aware that a person who is angered or engulfed in turbulent emotions comes from a place of unconsciousness and therefore has no knowledge of indifference in his actions. Furthermore, he has no other point of reference and may be unaware of choice.
But, for the chosen few who have been blessed with experience, knowledge and wisdom and if they understand that all good things come from making the "right" choice; the decision should be easy.
All who desire peace and positive outcome in any situation know that maintaining an Inner Stillness produces the best fruit. When there is quiet there is resolution. We all think clearer when we are at peace. When we wait before reacting means that we have thought. When we wait, it means that we have taken time to think about what would be the best force of action; if there is a need for any.
When we are still we are taught how to be patient and allow the universe to work for us. We open a path for our lives that only permits good things to enter.
I consider the power of Non-reaction my "Conscious Prayer". I am totally aware of the gift that I am asking for. I know that I will receive a blessing because I am giving back. When I don't react to negativity, I am shooing it out of my life. When I am calm at stressful times I am rallying for peace. I am promoting love and light and spreading joy in a non-threatening way. It's actually quiet empowering.
Can you imagine yourself smiling all the harshness, unflattering, and opposing things out of your life? (I can).