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Practising the Pause

In this video, we explore factors which we can identify and modify to allow us to access that place where we respond, rather than react - using HALT.

Our behaviours and decision making are affected by our overall equilibrium, which is influenced by the balance between our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual states. This also applies to our ability to care, to be present, to be kind and to be compassionate.

As you saw in Dorothy’s Mindful Self-compassion video (step 1.11), the words of concentration camp prisoner Viktor Frankl can help us here:

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 our freedom.
In this video, we’ll explore a number of factors which we can identify and modify to allow us to access that place where we respond, rather than react – using the HALT mnemonic (and the slightly contrived, but hopefully useful, HAAUULLTT).
You might also find it helpful to think back to the four dimensions life table we discussed in week 1, and consider how the HALT mnemonics interact with it. As Viktor Frankl put it:
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
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