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There is a difference between having a reaction, and using a reaction. Unconscious reactivity is a form of low self-awareness — even more dangerous than low self-esteem. Being aware of personal deficits is empowering, compared to no awareness at all, as to why life seems to grant one little favor. Life favors awareness; awareness of every sense and dimension, for through awareness comes choice. Unconscious reactivity makes your choices for you, leaving you feeling bullied by life, and powerless. Reactivity is how 'gluttons for punishment' are held prisoners by their own thoughtlessness. Being oblivious to your own reactivity is unrefined and gluttonous — it's appetite for gobbling up your opportunities has no end. The reactive mind is a monster; it is the feral reflex of animal survival — uninhabited by higher consciousness. Like a traumatized, caged animal convulsing behind bars, the reactive mind and tongue squirms and digs behind clenched teeth to escape, and interrupt. The force of restraint in the tightened sphincter of their pursed lips are aching to blurt their mind's spasm. They are not listening; they are mentally interrupting behind a facade of listening. They are not mindful; their thoughts more akin to seizures of thoughtlessness. To those with no awareness, they may seem attentive, but to those with awareness, they appear neurotic — their face a mountain of ticks. The atomicity of their upset permeates the core of their being, and radiates discomfort, out, and into the core of those in their proximity. The more they force calm, try to be polite, hold their tongue, and feign patience, the more their wounds, tensions, and unease mounts. Their anxiety fades in-and-out, on their oddly poised face, and in their twitching gesticulations, and quirky manner. Their inner turbulence sloshes out of their concealment, in waves of reflex upset, knee-jerk offense, exasperations, eye-rolls, inappropriate laughter, and mental belches of incorrect assumptions, judgements, and hurtful misunderstandings.

The reactive mind is a crippled mind, because it limits and distorts everything. The reactive mind even deforms how we construct ourselves, through choices based on distorted perceptions. Reactivity is the birthplace of ignorance, and the graveyard of potential. Reactivity is pure mindlessness, and pure madness. Reactivity is the opposite of mindfulness; it is a mindless, stray, erratic, and accidental state of semi-consciousness. The reactive mind is volatile, and cannot see itself through its splintered attention span. Reactivity comes in varying degrees with equally varying states of self-developmental retardation. The more reactive you are, the more you are stunted and cut-off from experiencing the full measure of life's grand endowment. Becoming mindful of your own reactivity is the first step toward a form of practical enlightenment. Awareness IS your opportunity. Your calm, measured, thoughtfulness, and graceful awareness of your own reactions, will begin to move you toward a life of peace, and a deeper sense of sturdiness against life's trials. Your life experience can only be as deep as your awareness. Your existence, as you know it, is a measure of your awareness. Each step toward self-awareness, is a step toward freedom, that only a truth with self can grant. Awareness is how everything you will ever have or experience — arrives, or is taken away. Be considerate, and consider yourself.

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There is a difference between having a reaction, and using a reaction.
Unconscious reactivity is a form of low self-awareness — even more dangerous than low self-esteem.
Being aware of personal deficits is empowering, compared to no awareness at all, as to why life seems to grant one little favor.
Life favors awareness; awareness of every sense and dimension, for through awareness comes choice.
Unconscious reactivity makes your choices for you, leaving you feeling bullied by life, and powerless.
Being oblivious to your own reactivity is unrefined and gluttonous — it's appetite for gobbling up your opportunities has no end.
The reactive mind is a monster; it is the feral reflex of animal survival — uninhabited by higher consciousness.
Like a traumatized, caged animal convulsing behind bars, the reactive mind and tongue squirms and digs behind clenched teeth to escape, and interrupt.
They are not listening; they are mentally interrupting behind a facade of listening.
The reactive mind is a crippled mind, because it limits and distorts everything.
Reactivity is the birthplace of ignorance, and the graveyard of potential.
Reactivity is the opposite of mindfulness; it is a mindless, stray, erratic, and accidental state of semi-consciousness.
The more reactive you are, the more you are stunted and cut-off from experiencing the full measure of life's grand endowment.
Becoming mindful of your own reactivity is the first step toward a form of practical enlightenment.
Awareness IS your opportunity.
Your calm, measured, thoughtfulness, and graceful awareness of your own reactions, will begin to move you toward a life of peace, and a deeper sense of sturdiness against life's trials.
Your life experience can only be as deep as your awareness.
Your existence, as you know it, is a measure of your awareness.
Each step toward self-awareness, is a step toward freedom, that only a truth with self can grant.
Awareness is how everything you will ever have or experience — arrives, or is taken away.
Be considerate, and consider yourself.
Awareness is how everything you experience arrives.

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