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Heartspace at a Crossroads

Standing in the middle of two pathways, you look to the left and see options. You look to the right and see other options. You get to make a choice. Just as soon as you set your mind to make a decision, the force of life sets upon you and reminds you that you have so many things that rely on you to make the right choice right now. This weight seems like it can compromise your decision-making, challenging you to stay clear-minded in the midst of competing pressures.

Heartspace provides a practical avenue for making choices throughout our lives. After we have identified those things within us and around us to which we have sustained connections, we can use those as touch points from which to make decisions. You might even create a hierarchy of engagements through which you can filter decisions. For instance, if you are a government administrator suddenly faced with the decision on whether to cut a program or not, you can activate Heartspace in order to help you choose. Identify the things informing the program cut and whether they are sustainably connected to the issue or not. Name the hierarchy of engagement for the things involved, and then make a decision according to those engagements. This is utilizing Heartspace at a crossroads.

When we first examine our lives for where, how, what, who, and why we are connected to different things, it can be scary to recognize the force of engagement in our lives. That is why more people aren’t drawn towards Heartspace- it can be scary to name our engagements. Noam Chomsky once revealed why this is so, saying, “All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.” Heartspace challenges you to do other than ratify decisions by actively positioning you as the most active decision-maker in your own life. Once we learn to do that we can make authentic choices that practically, meaningfully inform our decision-making. This is a position of power and responsibility, opportunity and influence.

Maybe that is the real choice we face at crossroads in life, whether we want power and responsibility, opportunity and influence. Sometimes these decisions affect other people, but mostly they affect us, ourselves. This is another opportunity to consciously use Heartspace, as we get to discover whether we are strongly anchored to power, responsibility, opportunity, or influence. If we are not, and want to be, Heartspace can show us how to become more engaged in those actions, whether they affect only ourselves or others.

Standing at the middle of a crossroads, look to the right and the left. Then take a deep look inside, and let Heartspace show you the way. In an instant, you’ll be heading in the right direction.

Written by Adam Fletcher, this article was originally posted to http://commonaction.blogspot.com. Learn more at adamfletcher.net!

By Adam F.C. Fletcher

I'm a speaker, writer, trainer, researcher and advocate who researches, writes and shares about education, youth, and history.

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