I was actually surprised when I discovered that I live by this. Janine Benyus declared that nature’s driving force was that “all actions create the conditions that support life.” When I heard this I understood this was how I made decisions in my life. I wasn’t thinking this way – I was holding things in my mind until I was clear which way was most life enhancing and that was the path I took. It didn’t come clear until I read Janine Benyus’ words.
Today I heard this again, in a different context and by a different person. Larry Rasmussen was talking about his book, Earth – Honoring Faith and he said – “Choose life.” It sounds easy, but we can get confused by desires, by our sense of what others want from us, and be the long list of ‘shoulds’ that we develop over a life time.
Life is about joy and a sense of satisfaction and sometimes completeness we feel after we’ve made the right decision. If you have questions in your mind after making a decision, rethink it. If you find yourself arguing with yourself after you’ve made a decision, rethink it. If you feel heavy after making a decision, rethink it.
Some decisions don’t make you happy, but feel ‘final,’ complete. That’s prefect. Some decisions make you anxious, but you know they are right. Choosing “Life” means making a choice that works for the future and that has and keeps the integrity of your intent. These choices open doors, even if some are shut.
We make our decisions with the knowledge we have available at the time. We always do our best, even if our best is filled with ambition or self-consciousness, or anger. That is why we can ‘change our mind’ and make a new choice when we get new information, or have a different state of mind that offers a bit more clarity. There is nothing wrong with making a new choice if the last one doesn’t feel right!
When we are fighting for our lives during illness, the process of heath is one of re-evaluating our choices – again, and again. The pressures of business and family life have their own momentum and power and sometimes it takes time to be able to feel into these experiences to see where the current of Life is actually pulling you.
Healing is also a lesson in self-esteem. Learning to trust ones self in spite of what others say is a crash course in positive self-development! Opening up to others and letting them help is a key lesson in healthy self-esteem. Freeing oneself of anger and resentment, frustration and spite are important steps in clearing out emotional land-mines so the healthy joy in Life can come shining in.
Does the food you eat shout Life? Does your lifestyle make you proud and excited to see another day? Do your friends and family really have your best interests at heart? Choosing Life means valuing yourself as being worthy to live, and having the astute insight to be able to filter though the nice to have from the critical, the Life enhancing to the Life dulling and having the courage to choose Life every time! Remember: All actions should create the conditions that support Life.