Have you been feeling overwhelmed by all of the choices you have to make?
All of us have commitments, obligations and responsibilities. However, when you live your life as if these are unchangeable, you shut the door to choice. Everything is held in check, so there is no room for growth.
What happens? You’ve denied freedom to everyone involved.
There are always choices
The first step of opening the door is the realization that there are always choices. Recognition of having choice arises from a willingness to look at what is true. You must be ready to risk the upset of others. You will need to want freedom more than you want the status quo. Choices arise when you are willing to let go of what you have. Realize that letting go brings new opportunity for everyone! This is true even for those to whom you feel obligated.
The bird in the hand is not always better than the two in the bush. The open space left when you open your hand is where choices appear and self-discovery begins.
Change is not necessary simply for the sake of making change.
However, when you are holding on tightly to the status quo, there is so much to be gained by taking a deep breath and opening up to possibility. Take time to reflect and to listen to the quiet voice within you. When your actions and your choices are aligned with integrity, energy flows and new opportunities appear.
Life works. it really does.
Time for reflection
Take a breath. Release it. Take another. Devote some dedicated time of concentration/meditation. It doesn’t need to be hours of quiet, perhaps only 15 minutes. Then allow the question to simmer within you. Let responses bubble up into your awareness. Notice new ways of thinking, of images or ideas that arise spontaneously. Pay attention to your dreams. Let it happen. Be aware. See where it leads you next. Let yourself savor this process of receiving from yourself. Don’t judge whatever comes up, just receive it. Make notes.
You may want to share something from this process. Expression is an important way to anchor an insight in your body. It leads you to deeper insight. It stimulates action. Feel free to use this arena to share whatever moves you.