Actions and Values – Being in Alignment
Natural High’s last few blogs such as:
along with the beginning of a book discussion on Rabbi Michael Lerner’s book, The Left Hand of God have gotten me thinking on why we do not align our actions with our values. How to align my actions with my values was one of the first things I learned years ago from Tony Robbin’s book – Awaken the Giant Within. In it he describes a process of identifying your highest values and placing them in a prioritized list. If you are clear on these 5-10 values any choice you make can be seen as moving towards or supporting the value or moving away or undermining that value. Values are described by words such as health, love, knowledge, wealth, peace, etc.Simple example: If I value health, then my choice of foods becomes clear to me. Unfortunately for me, even though I have known this seemingly simple process for years, the knowing and the doing of this simple exercise are far apart.
In more recent times I took the Landmark Forum’s basic and advance courses and a seminar in Commitment. In Landmark Forum terms, when I do not eat healthy, I am not truly committed to health or I am secretly committed to something else more powerful, like comfort for example.
So many of us are aware of the values we wish we were aligned with or committed to, yet we take opposite or undermining action. We vote Republican because they will crank out tax cuts to make us wealthier even though we understand that they will pay for it by reducing the care for the sick, poor and elderly. Yet if we were asked whether we value compassion and caring for the sick, the poor and elderly most people would say “of course.”
If asked, most of would say we value diversity, freedom, peace, and love. Yet we act as if we are committed to uniformity of thought, greed, war, and hate.
Why do our actions value religious dogma over spiritual freedom? Why do we continue to allow homophobia, anti-semitism, xenophobia, racial and political prejudice instead of fighting for choice, freedom of religion, diversity and political discussion?
How do we, as loving, caring human beings, align our daily actions with these things we say we really value?
Will my actions tomorrow be in better alignment with those things I value most highly – love, peace, family, community and health?