“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.”
If Victor Frankl, Holocaust survivor and psychiatrist, had the foresight to see the positive reward of pausing before reacting to any external circumstances, then I believe most of us can incorporate this empowering technique into our daily lives. Frankl endured three years of gruelling hardship and torture under the Nazi regime and yet never lost faith in finding meaning for his life in even the most adverse circumstances.
This week, observe your response to external stimuli and use your breathing as the tool to create a space to choose how you wish to react. It is the acknowledgment that we can choose that is the first and most crucial step to becoming the masters of our own freedom.