It’s cold. It’s winter and it’s Wisconsin, so what is it that I expected? Surely not 70 degrees and warm sunshine! So if it’s cold, it’s winter and it’s Wisconsin, wouldn’t it be a likely choice that I would wear clothes that would keep me warm? Sure it would. It’s just common sense. It wouldn’t be healthy wearing shorts, a tank top and flip flops in the snow.
Why is it that some folks make choices that are opposite of creating healthy situations? There’s the obvious ones like continuing to smoke even though there is so much research out there to prove that it’s bad for your health…or driving intoxicated — and in both of those choices, by the way, others are involved. Second hand smoke or becoming increasingly incapable of remaining healthy for any period of time, or potentially involving other drivers on the road. Then there’s the little choices. I’m going to eat that chocolate cake because I want it. I’m going to drink that third cup of coffee because I want to. Doesn’t matter that it’s not healthy for me (for whatever reasons). I want to do it, and I’m going to. So there.
Choices. We all make them. Some made blindly, some more consciously than others and always we get to handle the results and/or consequences of our choices. Some make choices based on the authority we have bestowed on another — like the pseudo-authority of doctors, lawyers, politicians. Back in the early 80’s, I used to drive an old beater of a car — a old heap of a Dodge Charger. It would’ve fallen apart if it weren’t for the “Question Authority” bumper stickers I had all over it. I still question authority when it comes from outside myself. I do heed the wise words of those I trust (good friends, my husband). I don’t trust doctors. I’ll listen to them on occasion but then I’ll wait for my own internal authority figure to suggest what choice I should make based on all the information. For instance, the flu shot. If the mass consciousness believes it to be the thing to do, I can usually bet that it’s not for me. I don’t do something “just because.” Vaccinations. Don’t do them either. Cold medicine, cholesterol medicine, arthritis medicine…pretty soon our bodies aren’t even our bodies anymore — they are a conglomeration of pharmaceuticals and synthetics — and the effects go far beyond just the body (although without a body, the rest of it doesn’t matter, eh?).
And then on other occasions, I make a decision based on impulse. Sometimes it works out in my favor, most times those impulsive decisions (like eating that chocolate cake) prove to have some pretty interesting consequences. Choices are normally made out of Love or out of Fear. What’s the motive behind your choice? Often life will find a way for us to hear that wee, small but oh so powerful voice of our own inner authority. You have to be ready to hear it. You might be driving somewhere looking to the heavens for an answer to a current uncomfortable life circumstance and you hear a voice that says something powerful. WHO WAS THAT??? The inner authority speaks. The person who is ready to hear it will listen and adjust accordingly.
I have a choice for you — and it’s the Mother of all Choices. Are you ready?
CHOOSE LOVE. It’s the only choice. One of the ways to choose LOVE is to love your body and love your life. If you’re unfamiliar with how to do that, I can help you. Find a Nia class near you (www.nianow.com). Go. Dance. Be. Laugh. Transform your life. Love your Body. Celebrate. Change.