Mindfulness Tips from a GPS
At Camp Kupugani, our overnight summer camp in the Midwest, we emphasize positive conflict resolution as we strive to have a peaceful community.
I was listening to a radio station the other day, where the guest (Sylvia Boorstein) was emphasizing that we always have a choice in how we react to things. We can choose indignation or, like a GPS does when confronted with a new path, we can choose “recalculating…”
We can choose to be indignant over a real or perceived slight. Or, we can choose to try to empathize with the “other”.
When something doesn’t go our way, we can take a moment, maybe take a breath, and consider choosing a different path that doesn’t lead to our elevated blood pressure, temper, or whatever.
Like a GPS when we continue down whatever road we missed when the GPS told us to turn…we can emphasize “recalculating…”. No animus necessary … no anger … no feeling stressed or bad…just “recalculating…” We can figure that the new required path that will still get us to where we need to go.
How about instead of righteous anger, we strive to go for “recalculating…” What do you say?