Decisions Decisions Decisions
In the 9 Month Exercises group we will be looking at Ignatian discernment in February. As I prepare for that group I am struck by the number of decisions my mind is sifting through in any given moment. Just that thought makes me stand in wonder at the human body and it's miraculous function.
Then I think about the fact that as so many decisions are automatically sifted by the brain,am I paying attention and who is really living my life? How often does the phrase "what was I thinking?" run through our heads?
Those few conscious choices can sometimes paralyze. I remember when my daughter was a baby and I was exhausted and I went to the grocery store and just stood in front of the cereal isle. I couldn't decide what to buy. It is a helpless feeling when the decisions making process is stuck...
All of this just affirms that the spiritual practice of bringing a God perspective into the awareness of decisions is vital. Otherwise we are at the mercy of our body alone, which as miraculous as it is, it is only a piece of what it means to live life.
What are some practices that can be incorporated into daily life to heighten the awareness of the decisions in life? Here are just a few.
Hold a phrase that helps to stop the mental process long enough to get perspective. A phrase from the book "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" has always stuck with me "Life is not an emergency."
Regular times of silence, meditation and getting away to just be with God and life.
Prayer. This seems obvious yet many times I stew over a decision and totally forget to bring it to prayer.
Call in community. Talk it out with a trusted friend or spiritual director.
Write it out. Journaling on a regular bases helps in noticing what is going on in life.
Remember God's big picture. When one's visions gets small and perspective is lost it is easy to forget the "why" of the many decisions that are made.
These are just a few idea. What are yours?
As always Pathways of Grace is here to journey with you in your discernment process.