By some counts we make 35,000 decisions a day. If you take out eight hours for sleep than that means that we are making a decision about every 1.5 seconds. That doesn't leave much time to think about our actions and the decisions that we make.
Fortunately and unfortunately most of those decisions are unconscious. We made them once or twice and they became programmed. Think about your trip to the grocery store. How many of the items on your shopping list to you pull off the shelf without really thinking? By pulling the items off the shelf you have "decided" to buy them. I always by the same brand of coffee and the same brand of toilet paper. Those are two of my essentials for life and I know what I like. I'm sure that there are other brands that I might even like more but my mental programming has simplified my life and my "decision" is automatic. How many other decisions do you make the same way?
I challenge you today to take The Quotidian Pledge. That's a simple pledge to be conscious when you act and make decisions that will lead to you act in a way improves the well-being of all . "I pledge to make decisions that will reduce the suffering and improve the well-being of all living beings."
Peace my friends,
Quotidian is a nice old word that comes to us from Middle English via Old French from Latin quotidianus, earlier cotidianus, from cotidie ‘daily’. It means "daily" or "mundane".
Just at quick note and a big thank you!
After my last blog post I went for a bike ride on my road bike, was doing about 20 miles an hour on a bike path when I came around a corner and was face-to-face with the bike someone had parked on the trail. I braked hard and my bike stopped; I didn't. Ended up face planting about 10 feet in front of my bike. Came to about 5 minutes later with a fractured neck and skull, and lots of facial lacerations. Been a long recovery period but I'm up and about again and will be back to blogging.
Oh, and if you have used the contact form I didn't get your email. It wasn't set up correctly. I just fixed it, tested it, and it is now working correctly.
Thanks again for checking in while I was down.
I'm Dr. Dave, an eclectic shaman. I lived and worked in Bolivia and Peru for over six years, where I and was trained by Andean Shamans, and today practice eclectic shamanism.