During the spring equinox, I took a yin and acupuncture workshop with Mike Ninomiya. As we were in the process of holding one of the various poses for what at times can feel like an eternity, Mike said something to the effect that, “We get to do the work we are doing. We do not have to it.”
As I have been thinking about this statement for the past week, I realized that very often our thoughts as well as our language suggest that everything that we do is because we have no choice in the matter. We say things that suggest that if we didn’t do them, we might not be socially accepted or worse the whole world might collapse around us.
When in reality, if we are able to reframe how we look at life’s circumstances, and pay attention to the role that we play in those circumstances, we might learn that we have more power than we think and in fact we don’t have to do anything we don’t want to do. We don’t have to pay our bills, fight with our loved ones, go to work, take care of ourselves, or even eat for that matter. We get to do these things. We get to do these things because we are living sentient beings who exist at this given moment in time. And if we were even more accurate, we’d realize that we get to do these things – or not do these things – because we’ve been granted with the power of choice.
So the question that I have for you, the one I am working to ask of myself, is: Are you aware of the choice that you are making at this moment – and is it an empowering one or a disempowering choice? This choice could be anything from the words that you speak, the thoughts that you think, or the time that you take for yourself or others. This choice could also be how you show up within your relationships or at work? It might even be applicable to the relationship you have with yourself and your body. Whatever it happens to be for you, I would like you to remain aware of all the power you poses in this moment to be the captain of your own ship. For as the Buddha has said, our lives are shaped by our consciousness. So why not consciously choose to shape a more pleasant experience.