Decisions, decisions. Life is all about making decisions, one after another. Guess with all that practice, we should be pretty good at it. But after reading some recent blog entries, we seem to struggle over making the “right” decision.
I’ve been around for awhile, 60 some years in this incarnation, and have always been interested in the big questions about life, i.e. why we’re here, what is the purpose of life and how do we achieve it, and how come I always get stuck in the slowest check-out line? I’ll also claim to have a rudimentary understanding of brain anatomy and functioning.
Here are my suggestions about making choices:
According to Landmark Education: Give up the notion that there is ever an unequivocal “right” answer to any question. Who can say what the right thing to do or not do from your unique point of view at that moment? So go ahead and make your choices, and forgive yourself for not “knowing” what may have been the perfect choice.
Neal Donald Walsh in one of his Conversations with God books relayed this advice: Ask yourself, “What would Jesus do now?” What would you do now if you were in JC’s shoes, completely filled with love and compassion for yourself and your world?
Going a little deeper, from the Bhagavad Gita, the epic saga from ancient India, Lord Krishna advised Arjuna, “Yogastah kuru karmani”. This can be translated as “Established in Being, perform action”. In other words, first become established in the underlying field of pure, bliss consciousness that resides at the basis of human thought and understanding, then perform action. When action is performed that has arisen from thought that is grounded in the supreme intelligence of natural law, the results of those actions will produce only life supporting effects, simultaneously producing the greatest benefit for the individual and his/her environment.
Philosophers, psychologists and our own intuition tell us that we are only using a small fraction of our mental potential. Our brain wave activity, as demonstrated by EEG waves, is usually as discordant as the individual orchestra members warming up for a concert. Until we bring the full potential of our brain fully “online”, we are going to have to live with mediocre decisions. We’ll need to be satisfied with the adage that “to error is human”. Our intellects like to think that they can conjure up the solution but they are always operating in the field of change and they’ve been tricked into believing that the world of our senses is the ultimate reality. They will continue to vie amongst themselves, with the hope that someday they can out “smart” the others.
I’ll leave you with one last quote from the Bhagavad Gita: Only when we are free of the three gunas, i.e. the three relative forces of creation, maintenance and dissolution, can we truly become free (to choose). My recommendation? Get beyond the three gunas. Find your vehicle to experience and stabilize that which is at the never changing, eternal level of life and the doubt and frustration will disappear. There, now you get to choose. In this new year, may all your choices bring you happiness and life's sweetest rewards.