Making the “right” choice, in the face of so many options, can be a daunting challenge. How do we decide? I think one of the answers comes from becoming more mindful.
There are a number of posts on “mindfulness” within this blog. Just run a search and many will pop up. Mindfulness is the idea of living in the present moment, with an observer’s awareness of one’s thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and sensations, that is free of judgment. In a way, mindfulness is a “meta-awareness” that gives us the separation from the thoughts, feelings, sensations, and experiences that we have.
As we move through this increasingly complicated world, we need to regularly slow down, step back, and evaluate whether what we are doing and the choices that we are making are adding to our happiness or contributing to our stress and anxiety. That old saying of, “Too much of a good thing isn’t good” comes to mind. Choice is often a “good thing.” However, having too many options crosses the threshold into diminishing returns and then into anxiety and suffering.
How do we know when it crosses that threshold? It can be different for each person. I cannot answer that for you – it is difficult enough to answer it for me! All kidding aside, regularly check in with yourself to answer that question. With so many distractions around us, it takes practice to pry ourselves away from our computers, TVs, iPhones, etc., to do this. However, when we do this regularly, it has the power to improve our lives by realizing when too much of a good thing isn’t good.