See all Meditation


Top articles

How to Meditate: Meditation 101 for Beginners

10 Science-Backed Benefits of Meditation

What is Meditation?

Mindful LivingSleep
CommunityFor Work

Catching Ourselves Before We React

Melli O'Brien



Melli O'Brien



Scan the following QR code with your camera app to open it on your phone

Catching Ourselves Before We React

Personalized support for learning how to integrate mindfulness into your life. Delivered fresh everyday by our world renowned experts. Choose meditation duration:

Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness.

Today I'm going to talk

about taming our triggers.

So we all have things in life

that test and trigger us.

For example, maybe there's one person at

work or in your family that can always

say just the thing to get under your skin.

Sometimes what triggers us is

the traffic jam or the slow queue

or the computer malfunction.

Whatever it is when we're triggered,

we might lash out in anger, we

might shut down or withdraw passive

aggressively, we might try to now

stress by reaching for food or alcohol

or some other substance, or we might

bury ourselves in work or shopping.

We might even blame

things on everyone else.

We all have all of these somewhat

automatic reactions when we get triggered,

our own personal brand of trigger.

And here's the problem.

You know, many of these automatic

reactions are pretty unhelpful ways

of dealing with stressful situations

in the sense that they often only

make things worse, creating more

suffering, stress and conflict,

both for ourselves and for others.

So how can we then break free

from these automatic reactions?

How can we catch

ourselves before we react?

Well, basically, we just need to

bring awareness to our pattern of

reactivity before we act it out.

So in the beginning, if we can just

catch ourselves as we're being triggered

and note to ourselves when the feelings

of strong emotions are arising, you

know, just mentally note to ourselves,

okay, I'm being triggered right now.

That's a really great place to

start because awareness of what's

happening is the first step to change.

It starts to give us the mental space

to step back from what's happening

so that we can catch ourselves

before we play out the reaction.

So once we note, okay, I'm being

triggered, we can just become

present, maybe take a breath, and

from there, we have the possibility

to choose a different way forward.

We can respond instead of reacting.

Whatever you do from there, you

can choose a way forward with

awareness instead of automaticity.

And in this way, you gradually learn to

tame your triggers and respond to life

with awareness, clarity, and wisdom.

So that's the invitation for

today, to practice taming

your triggers as best you can.

As always, thank you for your practice

and your presence here with us.

And now let's settle in

for today's meditation.

Get Unlimited Access

Start your mindfulness journey today.

A Mindfulness Plus+ subscription gives you unlimited access to a world of premium mindfulness content.

  • Over 1,800 meditations, sleep, calm music, naturescapes and more
  • Daily mindfulness video meditations 365 days a year
  • 100s of courses and tools to help manage anxiety, sleep and stress

Email Missing

We couldn’t detect your email with the SSO provider you have selected.

Mindfulness Guarantee

We are here to make a positive impact on the world. We never want to sell you something that hasn’t helped you live a better life. That’s why if you’re unhappy with any purchase from us, you have 30 days to get a full refund and your money back.

If you subscribed to Mindfulness Plus+ and are unhappy with your purchase, please get in contact with us within the 30-day period and we’ll refund your purchase.

Learn more about our Mindfulness Guarantee.


Bring balance into your everyday life.

We believe in a world where everybody has access to the life-changing skills of mindfulness.

  • 2,000+ Guided Meditations
  • Daily Coaching
  • Sleep Content
  • Mindful Exercises
  • Mindful Radio
  • 10+ Courses from world-class teachers

Private Browsing

Added to your cart!


Claim your free access

Create a mindfulness account and we’ll unlock this premium session in your account forever.

or continue with
By continuing, you agree to our terms of service and privacy policy.

Do you already have an account?

Start a free trial to play this session

7-Days free trial, cancel anytime.

Start 7-Day Free Trial

Finish personalizing your account

Complete a few quick questions to make your own personalized mindfulness plan.