As most of us scurry ahead in our lives, the bottom lines that guide our lives and inform our choices are generally not so obvious. We may have set forth to accomplish a set of specific goals, yet have never taken it a step deeper to ask ourselves why we have chosen those particular goals.
Of course, how we Sit with that question is important. Although thinking about why we are doing what we are doing is certainly helpful, ultimately, it seems to me that our own bottom line is a matter of Heart. The truth of the matter and the heart of the matter are the same thing.
I think that is where Mindfulness Practice comes in. As we cultivate the ability to be present to our actual experience more completely rather than allow our thoughts to continually dominate the major part of our awareness, our perspective begins to shift. Directly experiencing our breath, our body, our thoughts, our feelings, our senses, the locus of "decision-making" expands beyond just what we think about things. It expands beyond just our conditioned emotional reactions, as well.
That's where it gets really interesting.