by Aruna Ladva | itstimetomeditate.org
Learning the art of taking responsibility for our decisions and actions People get to a ripe old age and then wonder why they have ended up in the situation they are in. Some are desperate for money, some desperate for love, some for respect. The list is endless. What we don’t realise is that we have made decisions at many points in our lives, and some of those were not in our own best interests.
Every decision we take right now affects the next one and the one after that. It is like the story of my brother-in-law who took a wrong turn on the motorway, and thereafter it was another wrong turn, and then another and another, and he reached home three hours late!
And interestingly, it’s most often a decision of a second that can have a lifelong effect, for example, marrying the wrong person or talking back to your boss and suffering the consequences, or walking away from a golden opportunity.
Our futures don’t just get created along the way. It’s important to recognise and acknowledge that my every moment NOW is creating my future to come. It is created with every word I speak, the tone in which I speak, with a gesture of love, or lack of it, with compassion or otherwise. Each second can be a pivotal point in my life. It can win me friends or push them away. I can earn something or I can lose something. So, it is very important to be mindful of our every decision, and not just create by default or by knee-jerk responses.
We often blame others for our current situation such as: That person doesn’t give me any respect or attention. Rather, I need to ask: What should I do to win love and respect? Take the matter into your own hands. Take charge of your life and don’t leave it to others to treat you in a certain way. The law of karma states: If you give, you get back. It’s a fact, a law of life. You cannot be genuinely loving and not have this reciprocated at some point.
No matter your age, or the circumstances of your life, BEGIN NOW to perform the actions that will take your life in a positive and beneficial direction. Don’t think it’s too late, or that you are too set in your ways to
change. We can change now! We can improve. We can shine. We can start to give back. Begin to take the right decisions now. This will set in motion the wheels of kindness and compassion, which will give back to you in many diverse ways.
A good deed is never forgotten. The other day a woman told me that the first time I met her I gave her the biggest hug she had ever had in her life. I had no clue about how big it was and what it meant to her! I just hugged and welcomed. But obviously it meant a lot to her. The point is: Continue to be good and do good, and whatever others are meant to feel, they will feel it. They will return it with blessings, and we could all use a bit more of that in our lives.
If you are caught between two decisions and you are not sure which to take, then step back for a moment, be in silence and be still, and the answer will come to you. Just listen to your heart. We already know what the right thing to do is, but we get into imagination and analysis, and our head gets in the way! As spiritual beings, all we need to do is follow our hearts.
And, finally, have no regrets! What’s right is right, but what is wrong is also right, meaning that, even if something doesn’t go the way you wanted or expected it to go, then even that is OK. There is some learning in that too. Just keep taking responsibility for yourself, and move forward with the
expectation that good will prevail.
It’s time… to take charge of your life and to sow the seeds of good deeds. Later you can sit back and watch your beautiful “garden” of life!
The Brahma Kumaris in Australia
The Brahma Kumaris have had a presence in Australia since 1975. There are centres and class locations in the major cities, as well as three Centres for Spiritual Learning, where courses, classes and retreats are held. The Brahma Kumaris Australia is a registered charity in the area of education (spiritual). All programs are offered free of charge as a service to the community. The ongoing operations are funded through donations from students and the public in the spirit of maintaining its educational services for the benefit of all in the community.
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