Just like the word RESPONSIBILITY, the word COMMITMENT is super charged and can feel so vastly different depending on one’s beliefs and experience. It can also feel different depending on the particular context or situation. Just as commitment can have a connotation of restriction, limitation, obligation or duty, it can also feel liberating, expansive, and fulfilling. Whether we like it or not, these days we’re finding ourselves in situations that require us to look at how we feel about our various commitments, and how we wield and distribute our precious energy and power. Although we typically tend to think of commitment in terms of "MY commitment to YOU" or "YOUR commitment to ME", commitment related to a significant other, a friendship, a group, project or idea, how often do we consider commitment to SELF and how our external commitments interface with our commitments to self? How often do we think about how our commitments to people or things either jive or conflict with our internal commitments and the way that we practice self-care? No doubt, society in general and our individual cultural backgrounds have influenced how we perceive and live out our commitments, often-times having placed so much importance on external commitment and generating so much guilt and fear, that we eventually find ourselves neglecting self in favour of these external commitments and allow our health, well-being, and even our sanity to be compromised. The time is now to start cutting through our conditioning, to tune in to the truth of our hearts, and to manage our commitments more efficiently in every way.
What and whom are you committed to?
When you think about these commitments what does it bring up?
How committed are you to others versus to yourself?
How much value do you give to external commitment versus commitment to yourself?
Does a commitment to something or someone in your life require you to betray yourself?
Do you feel that someone’s commitment to you absolves you from keeping important commitments to yourself?
Are your commitments genuine or held in place by guilt and/or fear?
What happens when a commitment becomes abusive, unhealthy, or hurtful?
Is commitment something one needs to "tough out" at all costs or to reassess as needed?
What is the relationship between commitment and sacrifice? What are your beliefs? How does the relationship between the two and your beliefs about it affect your health and well-being?
Are your current internal and external commitments in alignment with who you are? Are they supportive of your personal growth and evolution? Do you feel loved, honoured, respected? Do they allow for you to love, honour, and respect yourself?