To follow is an introspective exercise to help elicit and recognize the particular values we hold dear. Unfortunately, sometimes our values remain unexpressed and vaguely understood. We may intuit them but they are neither clear nor precise. For instance, David claims to value freedom above all else. Does he mean the freedom to murder or sexually exploit others? Exactly what sort of freedom is he talking about? Unless we give definition to our values we are bound for inertia and apathy. Now should David say that by freedom he means the right to pursue happiness, then it becomes possible that he is confusing happiness with freedom. These terms don’t mean the same thing. One can be free but not happy, and vice versa. So after pressing David further, to explain what he means, he says mental freedom. That might narrow it down somewhat but his answer remains too broad. The goal of this exercise is not for me to define your values but to share a video with you that may help open your mind to what truly matters to you. As you listen closely trust in your inner logos (reason) to bring into awareness the values that truly motivate and shape your life. Click play on the video above and write down your answers as you go. Once the presentation is complete you may compare your notes with my list of values below. While you compare feel free to adapt and modify your list so that they better represent your core values. Then order them from the most important to the least. You may share your top 5 values in the comment section. It is my hope to address some of them in a future talk and demonstrate how virtues can act as the means to actualize our values. Click here to access my list of general values but be sure to watch the video first.
Love & light,