I want to get better at finding the moment between thinking and reacting.
I want to learn to not react immediately to a negative stimulus. Or any stimulus. I want to give myself a moment to orient and apply wisdom. I want to drive a wedge between stimulus and reaction, for thinking.
One way to help do this is to slow down, to not think about so much all the time. Mental slack leaves room for calm, for mindfulness.
Flip that around and it feels more true: Lack of slack makes me feel like I don’t have time to think.