There’s a split second between a feeling or thought and our reaction to it. Paying attention to this gap and learning to momentarily delay action until we can do it consciously, helps us respond from the prefrontal cortex, the more thoughtful part of the brain. Instantaneous reactions in stressful moments come from the amygdala, which is programmed for fight or flight. Minding the gap between experience and response is what mindfulness training is about. When we consciously choose to act in alignment with the wellbeing of all involved, we experience less drama and…

More joy.