Notice the tug to be connected.
Having your phone within arms reach, believing that you need to return someones phone call or email immediately, (because you are someone who makes things happen quickly, because you care, because that’s your usual mode of operating).
Notice the compulsions that rise up.
Your desire to want to change someones mind, to get swept up in an argument, to take on someone else’s bad energy, to feel annoyance at the traffic or the weather or the inconsiderate nature of ‘some people’.
Notice the pull to criticize yourself for your food choices today – whether you had a coffee before water, a sandwich when you were supposed to eat your greens, a muffin instead of your go-to smoothie.
Notice how you feel within your body when you are faced with a difficult choice – the pressure to respond, recoil, or perhaps, lash out.
It feels yucky right?
Tense. Compelled. Pressured.
Being swung by the tail of your own emotional reactivity.
But not today lovely.
Today, we will remind ourselves that we have permission to choose.
-We can choose to react.
-We can choose not to.
-We can choose mindfulness and presence.
-We can choose to act on autopilot.
-We can choose to engage in the drama of others, or to simply walk away.
-We can choose to notice our complusions with curiosity, or remain propelled by the unknown.
-We can choose to beat ourselves up over our smallest lapses, or we can agree to do better next time.
-We can choose to be a doormat or we can practice setting boundaries.
-We can choose to punish ourselves, and others.
-We can choose to be swayed by the moods and energy of others.
-We can choose to lean into compassion.
-We can choose to be responsible for the energy we bring into a room.
-We can choose to adhere to our own values and stick to our own path.
These are the choices that we get to make today and every day.
We are free to choose.
It’s not about getting it right every day either. Some days we will choose to take the low road.
That’s ok too. We’re not perfect and we never will be. (But we can do our best).
When we operate from a place of choice, we can observe our responses, learn from them and agree to do better next time.
You get to choose.
Take ownership of your decisions. Steer the ship. Inhabit that place of freedom and peace.