Celebrant, Martha Sherick Shen
We all react. We all get our buttons pushed and try as we might to not react, we do. We are wired to respond faster than we can consciously organize our thoughts and feelings with our deepest values and beliefs. Recognizing this, people in 12 Step programs have compassionately said, “I’m not responsible for my first thought, only what I do with it.” Let us slow down and compassionately unpack the experience of how we engage our first thoughts to reinforce the ways we can do something different with them.