We are always choosing. In every moment we breathe there are choices being made.
As I was in my local supermarket yesterday I wandered around picking up the items it suddenly struck me that everyone around me was in the act of expressing choice. Immediately I could feel my vibration lift and I felt exhilarated at the fact that we all have the free will to choose whatever we like—and don’t like at any moment in time.
One woman walked around the store with a pronounced scowl on her face. I watched as she threw items into the cart almost angrily. Suddenly, the scowl disappeared and a smile appeared as she spied a pot of beautiful flowers. She picked it up and turned it around and around appreciating each little flower and strong stem. She started to put the pot in her cart, thought twice then ultimately put the pot of flowers back on the shelf for whatever reason and walked off, the scowl returning once more. It saddened me a little bit to see that she believed in order to keep that feeling of absolute delight going she had to buy the pot of flowers. She didn’t. In that one minute or so of pure appreciation her vibration lifted and she radiated. Her life was beginning to change and she didn’t even realize it. Then she chose the feeling she was most comfortable with and the scowl returned and with it returned everything that gave birth to that scowl.
Others were actively choosing all around me. Children loudly and eagerly were choosing their favourite things; the elderly were choosing their delectable treats and I was choosing what I preferred. Choosing was going on in the parking lot over spaces, people were choosing to stop and chat with others. Some were choosing to laugh or share a sad note. I was absolutely thrilled with this flow of power—yes power! I felt it course through me and I smiled at this microcosm of a world around me.
It made me think of choosing our thoughts. Why is it that some people deliberately choose discomforting thoughts when there are wonderful ones hanging in the same space around them. Choosing the uncomfortable ones made me think of walking into a supermarket and deliberately buying all the things I did not like. A person would never do that intentionally yet when it comes to our thoughts we believe we do not have control. We do.
Next time you find yourself awash in thought-waves of negativity or sadness envision you are walking into a grocery store. Shop for just the right thought. Don’t believe that there is something you must ‘have’ in order to feel better. Simply appreciate all the wonder you see around you. Allow the fact that you actually have a choice be your first point of appreciation and you will appreciate more and more of all you see. It makes a difference. You can do it! ~ Ara Parisien, International Medium & Spiritual Teacher