Recently, I wrote about my daily decision making. Sometimes decisions can come back to bite me, but I can't travel back in time via Rapid Roy (Skoda Rapid), my version of a DeLorean, and do over. Gotta live with a bad decision and endeavour to learn from it.
I like to continually remind myself of Buddhism's eightfold components to the path (which it itself is the fourth noble truth).
Right Mindfulness is one of the eight.
Right mindfulness means being aware, mindful and attentive to three things: the activities of the body; sensations/ feelings; thoughts/ideas.
The head and the heart are clearly key components to Right Mindfulness.
Earlier this year, The Leadership Freak (a.k.a. Dan Rockwell) weighed up some of the head and heart-based questions that lead to decisions. I bookmarked the post and (like the noble eightfold path) return to it from time to time.
His judgement is that heart-based questions like:
- What does integrity/honesty/openness tell you to do?
- What does respect for others tell you to do?
- What does compassion/kindness tell you to do?
- What does courage/confidence tell you to do?
should rule the day.
He's really talking about Right Mindfulness, and asking some brilliant questions.
The way is clear.