Meditation Articles Series
Reactivity and How It Affects Us
When someone says or does something that triggers a reaction in you and you respond in a reactive way, what do you notice?
When I react negatively to what someone says or does, I notice extreme agitation in my body. I also notice the turmoil in my thought patterns. I feel out of control. I am destabilized, and I may become confused and withdrawn, or I may criticize the other in defence of myself. All of me that is defined as body, mind, emotions, and spirit contract. Interestingly as I reflect on how itís been for me I realize that I also contract in time and space. I am locked into misery. I am in a state of fear.
A State of Presence
When I donít react negatively to someoneís words or behaviour that would have been a trigger in the past, I notice how different I feel. I notice expansiveness within myself. This expansiveness feels vast and boundless. Time and space seem to expand as well. I am aware of loving kindness toward the other and myself. I have remained conscious. In that consciousness I am here and now. I am fully present in the now. There is connectedness between me and the other. In this state of non-separation love arises. This is our natural state of being.
Meditation is a path to unfolding into that state of being that flows into all life.