There is a difference between reacting to situations and responding to situations according to Dr. Mark Schirmer, director of psychological services at Norton Behavioral Health. “Reactions are more automatic and impulsive; a response is more deliberative.”
Taking the time to sit quietly and notice your thoughts can help you become more aware of your reactions, and deliberately choose to respond rather than react. People sometimes find the practice of meditation frustrating because they expect that they won’t have thoughts at all. “It is absolutely normal to have thoughts that intrude in meditation practice. Focusing on your breath or on a sound is to give you something to focus on that is happening in the present moment,” Dr. Schirmer says.
If you are interested in meditation, Norton Healthcare is offering virtual classes throughout the summer. nortonhealthcare.com/classes-and-events
By Carrie Vittitoe