When the reckless driver cuts you off on the highway there is a split second between this action and your anger. When that annoying co-worker takes a condescending tone, there is a moment before your sarcasm. When your kids are behaving wildly and fighting with one another, there is a short pause that precedes you losing control.
As Victor Frankl says, "in between the stimulus and the response there is a space... and in that space is your power and your freedom."
The only way to gain any mastery over our reactions and start to cultivate a sense of peace in our lives is becoming familiar enough with our minds that we are able to identify that space. That short space holds everything and what happens next becomes what you decide it will be. Finding the "space between" is learned through the practices of yoga and meditation. As you become familiar with your mind you're empowered to respond instead of react.
There's no better time to immerse yourself and emerge as a different person this spring. Petrina Plecko and I will be leading a women's retreat in just a few weeks. Message me for more info.