Most of the decisions we make in life result out of acting out of one of two things: love or fear. The next time you’re faced with a challenge – will you react out of love or out of fear?
I took a yoga class with Cara at Sweat and Soul Yoga a few weeks ago and she said something that really stuck with me. She said that most of our actions and decisions in life are made as a reaction of either love or fear. And she asked how do we want to react? Do we want to live a life based out of self doubt, fear, and anxiety or do we want to live a life based out of love?
And it got me thinking. How am I living my day-to-day? Am I reacting out of self-doubt and fear or am I reacting out of love? I realized that more often than I cared to admit, I was probably acting out of a place of self-doubt and fear.
And when we react out of a place of fear, we’re far from the best versions of ourselves and we’re typically not happy with the final outcome.
So, how do we get happy with the outcome? How do we be the best versions of ourselves? We act out of love.
Rather than trying to be fearless, which can be a hard ideal to attain, why not strive for love? Love is something that is fairly easy to cultivate, right? Sometimes, It’s easier to focus on what to do – spread love – rather than what not to do (be fearful).
As I approach 2015 and have my new years intentions in mind, I’m trying to keep this division of fear vs. love clear in my head as I embark on decisions in my day-to-day. I’m almost using it as a guideline for steering me in one direction vs. the other.
How do you act and react? And where does it get you? Would things look differently if you acted out of a place of love?
Because when we consciously choose love, we not only positively affect ourselves, but all of those around us.
Can you use this as a mantra for the year ahead? Or simply, as a gut-check?