Responding vs Reacting
When we react to a new situation, we are acting upon pure emotions that have been influenced by our past history and experience and do not provide us with the means to make a judgment based upon the needs of the present situation.
We are driven by emotions. Emotions, which are the province of our right brains, are the source for all of our motivations. If someone sustains damage to their right brain, they lose the capacity to do anything of their own volition. Getting dressed, getting out of bed become things they have to be instructed to do. The emotions of the right brain are where we make our connections between events and can generate motivational energy that is expressed through the organized and logical actions of our left-brain dominated life.
Whether or not it seems like it, everyone around you is a mass of immediate and constantly changing emotional reactions - this is the nature of the human mind. That is why reacting to things can be so disruptive because our emotional minds do not rationally think through consequences. They are responding based upon our historical experiences.
Your emotional reaction comes first. Babies, with no language and or even focus, will respond, even if they are hungry, to an expression of love and comfort over food. Emotion comes before thought. Thought comes after because it requires language and process to be enacted, and both of these are learned habits.
Emotions like themselves. They want to live on forever.
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