Choices – what are you really saying ‘yes’ to?

I just finished a great book called The Yoga of Eating by Charles Eisenstein

One of the most interesting aspects was Eisenstein’s definition of karma related to food: By choosing to eat this food, what world am I saying ‘yes’ to?

For example:

By choosing locally grown, organic food whenever possible, we say ‘yes’ to a gentler, less industrialized world where food doesn’t need to be sprayed or flown half-way across the world.

By eating processed, frozen or artificial food, we say ‘yes’ to a life that is disconnected from warmth and authenticity.

But this can also be applied to any choice in life:

By confronting something that scares us, we say ‘yes’ to a world where are no longer controlled by our fears.

By staying in a relationship or job that makes us feel small and worthless, we say ‘yes’ to a world where this is how we deserve to be treated.

This simple question has now become the prism through which I make decisions: By making this choice or even just thinking this thought, what world am I saying ‘yes’ to?

After all, as Dumbledore so wisely tells Harry Potter:

It is our choices, Harry, that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities (J.K. Rowling)