What emotions come up for you when the word Responsibility is presented?
Do you immediately go to the past & check-in with those moments that shine the flashlight onto mistakes? You are not alone if this is what occurs; in fact the majority of people view Responsibility in this manner, and associate the unpleasant emotions that arise as negative.
However, when you learn the practices that develop awareness of the brain’s negativity bias, and its habitual behavior to view unpleasant emotions as negative, you discover that they are actually not negative – they are positive.
Through learning mindfulness practices you also develop the practices of Acceptance; knowing that when the brain is not focused it moves into the automatic mode of survival. Therefore when the word Responsibility is presented to the brain it goes into FFFF (Fight,Flight,Freeze, or Fawn) mode.
THE CYCLE OF EMOTION
By understanding what takes place (the cycle of an emotion) you are better prepared to view every emotion as a gift, even unpleasant emotions. When you know how to process emotions you recognize them as a vehicle to move you forward, as opposed to keeping you ‘stuck’.
Therefore Responsibility can be viewed as an opportunity to move forward, when the brain is focused by the mind. In other words, viewing Responsibility mindfully, offers you the opportunity to accept what transpired in the past, & relinquish the past, leaving you free to take Responsibility of the future.
When is the only moment that you can make an active difference to the future? The present!
Responsibility does not need to be viewed as an onerous task; it can be viewed as a gift that leads to the uncharted future-matrix of potentiality; you can take Responsibility & move toward actions that offer you the preferred emotional freedom you seek.