In every moment of our existence, we have access to an infinity of choices. As a result of conditioning, however, most of us tend to act in predictable, repetitious ways. The process is like driving a car down the same dirt road many times. Over time, the wheels carve out ruts in the dirt and the car automatically follows the path we’ve taken before. It’s the path of least resistance, and while it may serve us for a while, if we forget that we can always choose other roads, we may find ourselves stuck in a well-honed rut. In the ancient Vedic tradition, this is known as the Law of Karma.
How do we break free from repetitive thought patterns and behaviors that limit our experience of freedom, happiness, and fulfillment? The key is becoming consciously aware of the choices we make in every moment.
Putting your attention on your heart or solar plexus, ask your body, “How do you feel about this choice?” If your body sends a feeling of comfort and eagerness, you can plunge ahead. If your body sends a signal of physical or emotional distress, then it isn’t the appropriate choice. Pause and consider other possibilities until you find a choice that resonates with your heart’s guidance.