I complicate things. It's a skill I've mastered over the years. From the simple decisions of daily life like: what should I have for dinner? To the big picture questions like: what's my life purpose? I overanalyze everything - especially in the wee hours of the morning when I can't sleep and am certainly not going to find any answers.
My practice has given me a tool that puts a temporary stop to the overthinking, which is one of the main things that drew me to it in the first place. My time on my mat seems to quiet the chaos and bring me back to a more simple way of thinking. It helps me let go of the flurry of 'What Ifs' and future predictions that fly around in my head and leads me to ask what am I feeling and how can I best respond to that right now?
I remember sitting with a friend a while back, struggling with indecision around a major life choice and after telling her everything that way flying around in my head I said: I just don't know what to do.
"But you do know.
You just don't want to do it."
How many times have you asked others for their advice, circled around about a major life choice or doubted your feelings about a decision only in the end to make up your mind all by yourself?
That's both the good news and the bad news. Your choices are entirely up to you. Only you can make them because deep down only you know what feels right for you. The problem is that our minds are masters at covering up what our heart is saying with layer upon layer of overthinking, overanalyzing, predicting the future and worrying that we are making the wrong choice.
Am I saying you should just immediately make a choice that will completely alter the path that you're on right now? Absolutely not.
What I'm trying to get at here is that the next time you find yourself at a fork in the road and you feel stuck, look to yourself first. Instead of reaching out to everyone in your life and asking what they think you should do, take some time to connect to yourself and figure out what you really want. What is your heart saying? Deep down you do know. You just have to get rid of all the noise.
When it comes to your next move, the most empowering (and sometimes terrifying) truth is the realization that only you know.