Day 123

Being at peace is the ability to choose what you respond to.  “To respond” is not the same as “to react.”  There is a sense of peace within a response, whereas, reactions are lead by the ego.  Or are these just semantics?  Ask yourself.  

Reactions happen without much presence, like a “knee jerk” reaction.  The ego reacts without much thought.  (There is also a difference between thoughts and the conscious act of thinking.  It’s easy to have thoughts.  It takes more presence to consciously think.)  In this way,  A response is much deeper and requires the conscious act of thinking.

Though today’s meditation, I have identified  REACTING vs. RESPONDING and HAVING THOUGHTS vs. THE ACT OF CONSCIOUSLY THINKING.