What do you value? Is what you value shown in your daily choices? Are you expending the appropriate energy each day toward that which you value? I find myself continuing to ask myself these questions as part of journey in a spiritual class I took a number of years ago.
Do my choices and actions reflect my values, to myself, to others? As the days seem to go faster, I am becoming more acutely aware of time and my role in the world. I am also becoming more committed to where I want to expend my energies, to reflect my values.
Would you agree that technology has become one of our greatest distractions? To me, It’s distraction on steroids. I want to be connect on a personal level with nature and people. I am aware that I can be easily lured into the world of social media. I’ve tried to cut back, but when I actually looked at the daily log, I was still giving away too much of my time, which I value. What else could I have done with that time?
Begin again. But not just because it’s the new year, but truly, every day we are blessed to start again and make better choices for ourselves. Every. Single. Day.
And within a day, many times a day, many times within an hour. Pretty cool, right? I think so.
Better choices can be transforming: physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
I’d like to just add a couple of little nuggets of gold that have helped me make healthier “value” choices for myself:
- Be specific in your choices.
Example : “I value my health, so this year I’m going to: 1) cut back on sugar 2) add an extra serving of veggies to my diet every day and 3) work out twice per week or walk three times per week
Example: “Because I value my time, I’m going to limit myself to 15 minutes twice per day on social media.”
Example: “Because I value my creativity, I’m going to paint twice per week for an hour.”
Schedule regular self-care time for yourself. Be specific and follow through.
- Say no and “let go.” Haven’t we all heard “you teach people how to treat you” and “you can’t make everyone happy.” If you give your value away, what is your message to yourself and others?
- There is “value” in identifying your true values and committing to act upon those truths.
Remember, you can begin again, every day! Every. Single. Day. I invite you to join me in identifying, bringing awareness to and committing to healthier choices in your lives.
A couple of sentences from The Way of Mastery: “The power of Choice is the one power that can never be taken from you. Your experience is always the effect of where you “choose” to focus the attention of consciousness.”
May we all desire to choose wisely.
Love, Peace and Good Health,
The Way of Mastery/Shanti Foundation
Coly Vulpiani –WOM/ DenverPractice Group Facilitator
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