Learn How to Respond Versus React

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Learn How to Respond Versus React

One of the most powerful themes in the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” series is learning how to respond to life rather than react to life.

Today on the podcast, I invite you to join me as we explore the danger of knee-jerk reaction and the beauty of heart-centered response.

When you react–that type of immediate knee-jerk reaction–to every situation, it’s like you might as well drop something on your foot. “Ouch!” Your words and your actions are quick and thoughtless, rooted in emotion. If you always react, you’ll have many regrets in your reactions and interactions.

Instead, let’s choose to respond. Responding means we take a moment to breathe, to let our head communicate with our heart. There’s a natural communication that happens between head and heart, and only when we quiet the fire in our heads, can we hear the musings of our hearts.

On this week’s podcast, we’ll talk about four ways you can learn to practice heart-centered response rather than knee-jerk reaction.

It’s a key secret revitalizing compassionate and intimate relationships and to living your most vibrant life yet.

When you react, rather than respond, even the smallest annoyance gets to you you might as well drop something on your foot. Ouch! (You’ll have many regrets in your reactions and interactions with people.)

When you react versus respond to any heated situation, it’s the same as air is to fire.

Consider the dynamic in your closest relationship…
The habit of every dynamic becomes more and more invisible to you the more time you spend with someone and something changes when we get really comfortable.

What’s in it for you to become more responsive?
Everything changes for the better!
You have a moment to access the part of your brain that is wise and you can feel your heart.

If you’re not caught up in the moment, there’s a natural communication that happens between your head and your heart. When you’re not caught up in your head, you can hear your heart.

Your heart has memory. It has intelligence.

Vibrant people are heart-centered. Being this way allows you to open and have a far more reflective and responsive way through life .

Four ways to become less reactive and more responsive:

  • Slow down instead of seizing every opportunity immediately.
  • Think things through.
  • Ask yourself: How do I feel about this situation?
  • Respond with compassion.

Imagine: What would happen if you responded with compassion in all your closest relationships?

You can awaken to your most vibrant life and your most vibrant relationships.

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Host: Kristine Carlson

Kristine Carlson, New York Times Bestselling author and world-renowned speaker, is passionate about spreading her message of waking up to life with joy and gratitude amidst the ups and downs of their earthly existence.


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