Offering Ourselves Choices – Svadhyaya

Options, choices… When I was growing up, I didn’t know much about choices. I knew about shoulds, but not much about coulds. Could led to choice. This was something that was exciting and scary at the same time. I was somewhat unskilled at making wise choices for myself. As I continued working with choice, it became easier. I made some great decisions… and I made some mistakes.  I became more skilled over time, just like I do when I practice other things – yoga, chanting, guitar, writing. All muscles to be exercised, and all to be observed.

Knowing what our choices and options are, and then evaluating their pros and cons – plus learning the essential lesson of asking questions, and then which questions to ask – gives us the information we need in order to make the best decision for ourselves as individuals. I emphasize this last because what may be good for us at that moment may indeed be the same for another, but it remains everyone’s  responsibility to be response-able, to respond to the information by viewing it within the world they occupy with the information they have at hand.

There are times when we occupy the role of making decisions for someone else – as parents and caregivers, for example. When we are not in these roles, we turns into me. Not in a “it’s all about me, me, me” (ego), but as Svadhyaya, self-study.

What can we learn as we observe ourselves? We learn what drives our decisions, and with this knowledge, can determine if our approach works. Do we continually try the same thing over and over and expect different results? Do we move quickly, thoughtfully, or sluggishly? Do we sometimes just throw up our hands in frustration or despair of ever having anything go our way? That which we put our attention to increases. What do you want to increase in your life? Svadhyaya is a key component.

Category : Blog &Yoga Posted on July 31, 2012

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