Wouldn’t it be cool if you could choose how you felt? Wouldn’t it be great if instead of reacting and firing off that you could choose to be all zen, and just flow through? Or if you did react to something, if you got angry or mad or sad, then you could just choose to drop it when you wanted to?
Actually it is cool to live like that.
It makes life so much easier. Instead of carrying anything, you are able to just let it go and get on with what is in front of you.
It’s much more fun. Being overwhelmed by your emotions or being pulled this way and that by what life brings you, holding grudges and maintaining arguments - that isn’t much fun. But living with complete choice is very very fun.
Living a life of constant free choice is possible for you, if you want it. It is also simple. All it takes is practice, the right kind of practice. That is all.
The right practice is one simply of being as present as you are able. Be alive to now. Absorb yourself in now.
When you fall into the habit of going into the past or future, choose to gently bring yourself back.
The only reason you carry anything is because of a habit. The only reason you react to anything is a habit.
Why not create a new habit?
Aristotle said something wise about this:
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
It doesn’t require hard work. It does require commitment, but then so does anything. Getting to the shops requires a certain maintenance of focus long enough to reach the store and purchase what you want.
Same here with this experience of being free of being yanked by the chain of the mind.
Life is your choice. Exercise your freedom of choice. Do it until it becomes second nature.
Well, actually its your first nature, as in it is the way you were meant to live so there is nothing second about it, but you know what I mean.
As I sit here eating cheesecake, I realise all of this is an easy thing to say. I get that.
Cheesecake is good, and easy, though not often plentiful, at least in my house. Life is different sometimes. I know.
But here’s the thing - start now. Practice when life is easy, when the going is good. Then when you need it most, you won’t need to work at it. It’ll be as simple as I say it is. You'll become like human teflon, laughing all the way to experiencing heaven on earth.
If you want it, and do what is necessary, you’ll become it.
Let me know how you get on.
Let me know too if you are interested in learning the Bright Path Ishayas' Ascension. This one guy I taught last week described it as "sneaky", in that it comes and gets you. He's right. Choice comes and gets you. Can't make it any easy that that.