Making Effortless, Life-Affirming Choices

By Caroline Dupont on February 06, 2009

Meditation can help you keep life simple and joyful. Keywords: meditation, health, mental health, health and wellness, meditating, stress, energy, simple, simplicity, lifestyle, life choicesLife is all about keeping it simple.

At this point in my career as a holistic health practitioner, I have come to learn the importance of spending time teaching clients and students how to recognize and move through emotional patterns so that nurturing food and lifestyle choices become effortless and joyful.

When I first started learning about health through fitness and food, I focused much of my attention on what we should be doing to create day-to-day balanced physical states. Now, as I look back, much of what I taught was comprised of lists of what to do, what not to do and why.

I hoped that students would somehow find a way to use the information make better lifestyle choices, but it wasn't long before I realized that as much as people know what they should be doing to stay healthy, most of us fall short of our goals.

It’s not that we don’t want to make consistently healthy lifestyle choices or that we lack the proper information, but too often our choices are driven by the emotional body, which can sabotage what we think we want for ourselves every time.

In these stressful modern days, when life seems to be full to the brim and beyond, we often find ourselves so involved in the busyness of our lives that we lose touch with ourselves. Most people I encounter are in an ongoing battle between how they live and how they want to live. How do we remedy this?

What we are lacking is not information but awareness. Luckily, awareness can be cultured most effectively by a daily encounter with ourselves in a meditation practice where we can open in silence and stillness to what is present, including all aspects of our experience.

Bringing awareness to “what is” softens the grip of thought and emotional patterns on our minds and shows us clearly who we really are—beyond the body, thoughts, emotions and circumstances we identify with. When we know who we really are, pure spirit can then begin to illuminate all our choices, big and small, from career, to relationships, to what to have for dinner.

In my experience, it is the day-to-day meeting with my quiet center that fuels my heart, my intuition and my choices. Yes, it does take time to meditate everyday, but what is time anyway? How much time do we spend in meaningless activities and conversations, inside states of being that are less than alive?

In a sense a regular meditation practice gives us time because we are less likely to stray from our authentic and soul-guided path.

Try sitting in silence without any expectations and a willingness to be present to all that arises. Do your best to be aware without getting hooked into thoughts, doubts, list-making, stories, physical discomfort, and sounds. From in the midst of all this, as you allow everything to be as it is, a sweetness that is free, open, and unaffected will dawn.

As we strengthen this place through a regular meeting with it, in practice we are less and less likely to make choices that take us farther from it.

Spirit is a mystery that simply needs to be trusted.

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By Caroline Dupont| February 06, 2009
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