Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom - Viktor Frankl
We have a choice how we respond to things and circumstances that may not be comfortable or what we deem as positive. When we are in the throes of pain, discomfort, or dis-ease, we can go towards our automatic response that says what it always says about that story that can be negative or distressful continuing the story of our discomfort or we can start to try to see the circumstance differently. Just like when we see this flower where we may initially see it as rough and jagged, we can be with it a bit and maybe start to see it differently, perhaps as a thing of beauty even with the rough edges. In our practices, we learn how to redirect and reprogram our responses from the simple act of creating a space between the stimuli and the response; a pause to notice and then decide what story we tell ourselves. This space is a powerful force because it allows us to choose a new path or response and shift towards how we want to be now and not how we have already been with our condition or the cirucumstance. It creates an opportunity of exploration rather than a place of feeling confined and stuck as you learn new ways to help yourself. A new way of being with yourself and a new way towards healing.