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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Who Pushes Your Buttons?

In the current climate of politics, unrest throughout the Middle East, the recession, wide-sweeping and seemingly never-ending natural disasters and global economic turmoil, I've noticed a number of people with trigger reactions to something being said to them about these, or any number of other subjects.

Admittedly, many are more stressed than they would normally be, worried as well, and perhaps even living in fear. Hence, at least at first glance, it's easy to understand why they would react so quickly - be so trigger happy - about things being said to them. It's easy to push their buttons right now ... and that's where I want to suggest you take a look at how easy it is just now for others to push your buttons.

You know, this button pushing business has a lot to do with being aware of what is happening. And if what is happening is that someone is getting a bit too close to you - on whatever level - and you are feeling hot under the collar, or pressured, or any other negative feeling, and feel as though you cannot contain your explosion, or at least, your not-so-great reaction, it is your awareness of this, as well as your thought (that you can chose to have, if you so desire): I don't want to feel this way. I do right now, but I will choose to look in another direction at something different that will help me move towards a feeling that makes my energy improve.

In other words, you acknowledge the negative feeling, you acknowledge the desire to react negatively to it (allowing your buttons to be pushed), but by virtue of the inner dialogue in which you choose to engage, you consciously move to another level of energy where it is possible for you to begin to feel better despite whatever it was that just occurred.

This is inner freedom and this goes to healthy self-love.

Photo: Itacare, Brazil

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