Conflict about what to do arises when we want to go with an idea we had our mind set on, before we have considered all the options.
Why feel attached or set to follow a specific course when a more easeful option becomes apparent? In the end what will best preserve our peace of mind is that resolve which feels most comfortable to us; benefiting everyone involved.
Looking ahead to the results of a planned action helps us evaluate the best course to follow. If a decision needs to be made quickly, following our conscience keeps our body relaxed and our mind peaceful and free of stress.
Meditation for Contemplation
Choose a quiet place to sit and begin even and regular breathing such as 2 counts to breathe in and 2 counts to breathe out. Keep up this even rhythm throughout your meditation without actually doing the counting.
After reflection on the following thoughts write out any new insights in your journal for contemplation at a later time and for future review.
In conflict, the best solution is not always the easiest way. We must have courage, summon up our energy by will power, and make affirmations to do what is best in each situation so that we can maintain peace of mind every day. It helps to remember that we will be living with the results of our decisions.
When there is plenty of time to consider, write down all the options that come to mind. Make a pro and con list; then choose the course to follow. By looking at a problem as just an object we create a little distance, which gives us the perspective of seeing that the problem is an issue to be resolved and that we are involved with, but, it is not part of our permanent being.
Issues come and go, but we remain the constant amidst change.
Sometimes we are so set in our mind on a certain track that we cannot disconnect ourselves and follow the better plan. By surrendering our attachment to our set ideas, our thinking expands and becomes open to considering other options. An ice cube is hard, frozen, but as it sits in water, it melts and blends into the whole glass of water. As we allow our hardened perspectives to loosen, we blend, harmonize, with the options that are most rhythmic with the natural flow, and easeful and peaceful with the whole of our life and our daily life in the world.
Equitable resolve is the result of clear thinking, in tune with the highest good; free from attachment to a certain outcome; free of conflict.
Article and photo credit Susan Kramer
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