Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Choice, Life, and Everything in Between

You grieve you learn, You choke you learn
You laugh you learn, You choose you learn
You pray you learn, You ask you learn
You live, you learn

Alanis Morissette lyrics from Jagged Little Pill

Each day we make many choices from what time to get up in the morning, what to eat for breakfast, or not, what clothes to wear, whether to work, rest, or play. Whether to laugh, sing, or cry. Each of these choices can be simple ones or they can be fraught with struggle as our monkey minds fill our thoughts with shoulds and fear, telling us what we ought to be doing rather than what we truly want to be doing. And, while we learn no matter what choices we make, there are those made from our authentic selves and those made through fear. If in these moments of struggle we can take a moment to sit down in quietude and listen for our inner voice above the ruckus of our thoughts, then we can choose wisely and without fear.

Daily practice of positive choice making can then prepare us for the larger choices which come; leaving a long term relationship, changing jobs, moving our aging parents close-by. When we learn to make the simple choices from a place of essence, then we can make the larger choices from that same place.

All choice is valid. The question is, do you want to make choices from a place of fear or from love? It's up to you.
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