How to Meditate on a Big Decision (Answered)

How to Meditate on a Big Decision (Answered)

Making big decisions is one of if not the hardest things we can do. We don’t want to make the wrong move, but there are some ways meditation can help us in making a big decision. 

Meditation helps us evaluate the outcome in a stage where we aren’t negatively loaded emotionally and helps us be mindful about our decisions, which often leads to better decisions. 

Now, that’s not to say we can’t make mistakes, even if we meditate beforehand. Every day we make decisions, but many of these decisions come from impulse or how we feel. 

In general, the less emotional you are about making a decision, the more objective in your judgment you will be, but sometimes, emotions are needed when making a big decision. For instance, you’ve probably heard it’s always best to follow your gut. 

With meditation, you get a better self of if your true self is speaking or if you are speaking from a temporal state, such as fear. 

Present Decision Making

The present is often when you are no longer hindered by anxiety. After all, you want to have as much control over the decisions you make, so that it’s common to overthink big decisions. It’s only natural and we’ve all been there. 

But by being present with your decisions, you can take into account how you are feeling at the time and if those feelings clutter the decision-making. 

Many imagine the worst-case scenario the moment their mind forwards to the future, instead of remaining in the present. 

The same can be said about the past. The past can be used as a reference for how future decisions will turn out and if there’s a track record of bad decisions, it builds up into the fear of making a decision. 

That’s why it helps to be present when making a decision. The present is where our mind is in a calm and rational state. You are never guaranteed to make the right decision anyway, so you might as well make the decision while taking advantage of a state of mind where you are calm and your judgment isn’t clouded. 

As much as you want to have control over the outcome of your decisions, one of the core lessons you make with meditation is that there are always variables outside of your control and that the best you can do is to focus on what you can control. 

Picturing The Worst Case Scenario

If you closely analyze the worst-case scenario and your reaction to it, is it as bad as your mind paints it out to be? Most of the things we fear happening don’t end up happening and often, we need to take a step back and observe what we are feeling, to determine whether what we’re feeling serves us or not.

But meditation allows you to become nearly fearless, as you’d be removing the limitations imposed by the mind that often create fear, to begin with. 

Allow yourself to be wrong, if the decision doesn’t pan out as you expect it to be, as long as you have your mind in the right place, nothing can disrupt your internal peace. 

Of course, this may be easier said than done, but isn’t too far off from reality if you picture the worst case scenario and observe your response to the worst-case scenario. You have control over your response, not over the end result, so the best you can put your attention to is your response. 

Of course, if it warrants grief or any negative emotion, allow yourself to experience it. However, at the very least, meditation can make you better emotionally equipped to deal with such an outcome. More so when you already pictured it in your mind. 

Detaching From The Outcome

The beauty of meditation is that it teaches us to become less outcome-dependent. The more process and present-oriented you are, the freer you become, and making decisions doesn’t seem as scary. 

As much as meditation allows you to increase the likelihood of making better decisions, it’s not the secret to making big decisions and nothing can with one hundred percent certainty estimate the outcome of a decision. 

But meditation can be a reliable practice for when things go wrong, and it’s something that would affect you to a lesser degree if you detach yourself from the outcome and accept the fundamental truth that the outcome is something out of your control, and therefore, doesn’t deserve your attachment. 

Fear of Change

Many fears change as a result of living in the past or future, because it’s the most comfortable place to be, even if it often leads to misery. 

Whereas if you live in the present, you get used to seeing change happen in real-time, and your fear of change is likely to diminish as you get more used to it indirectly. Change happens every time, every day, in some shape or form. 

Meditation is a bit like having a conversation with your true self and being present. It’s like a way to assure yourself that no matter what happens, you’ll always be in control of yourself, not so much the outcome. 

But the more you cultivate a mindset that serves you, the more it will reflect externally in how you deal with things. Fear of change is common for almost everyone. 

The only way to overcome that fear is to expect change and embrace it. This can be a long and arduous process but meditation allows you to live in your own world where you many times find that you remain intact amid the change. 

A big decision will always lead to change, but that change even if it seems devastating at first can result in your personal growth and at the very least, you will often learn something from that big decision that sparked that change. 

Many times we are acting out of fear and we need to recognize when it happens in real-time, which can often be done when being present. 

It’s at that point where we learn that the fear’s influencing our behavior weakens the more we observe it from a third-person perspective. This comes from already cultivating peace from within and continuing to do so.

Final Thoughts

If you’re gonna make a big decision anyway, it helps to be equipped emotionally to deal with the outcome of such a decision. 

And many times, the decision turns out big, but meditation won’t magically make you choose the right decision necessarily. But it will certainly help you make a mindful decision and analyze what you are feeling in real-time. 

It’s scary to make big decisions, but at some point, we all have to make them. If you can revert that decision, later on, there’s less reason to be scared about making it. 

But if you manage to master your inner peace and have it prevail during tough times as a result of consistent meditation, making big decisions will over time get easier. One of the characteristics of high achievers is that they execute fast and often use deadlines to make big decisions. 

Sometimes, being stuck in the projected outcome is actually worse than the actual outcome, because not making that decision will often have the mind bugging you until you make that decision, but at the very least, making the big decisions frees you from the fear of the projected outcome, which often is exaggerated by the mind.