Proceed As the Way Opens: A Stress-Free Guide to Making Decisions

“Remember, there are no mistakes, only lessons. Love yourself, trust your choices, and everything is possible.” – Cherie-Carter Scott

This morning, I sat in meditation, feeling overwhelmed by several decisions I have to make over the next few weeks. As usual, I began by reading the daily passage from Mark Nepo’s The Book of Awakening. His words have truly been a calming force in my life, especially as a bridge to my meditation practice. After I finished reading, I closed my eyes and sat cross-legged on my yoga mat. As I began to breathe in slowly, I could feel silence surrounding me.

After a few moments of sitting and breathing, I noticed the thought:

Proceed as the way opens.

I’d seen one of my former professors post this quote on Facebook a while back and I later went to look up the author. It sounded so wise and I wanted to investigate the concept further.

What I found was that “proceed as the way opens” is a Quaker saying that means: 

To undertake a service or course of action without prior clarity about all the details but with confidence that divine guidance will make these apparent and assure an appropriate outcome.

As soon as that thought popped into my head, my body started to relax. I was able to stretch for a bit, my legs tightening along the purple length of my yoga mat.

And when I stood up to get on with the rest of my day, I felt free.

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  1. kara

    I have become a big fan of this blog. This was timely advice. Living unconventionally means that you wont have everything laid out. And for those of us raised to be a credit to our race over being happy— deciding to go against the grain without a guarantee that it will all work out— can be overwhelming. This advice, however, makes decision-making more manageable.

  2. I can’t believe that I have been reading this blog, but did NOT connect it to you during the Knight Fellows pre-conference for NAMPC! Thank you for sharing your wisdom here and with us there.

  3. sandy

    “Proceed as the way opens.”

    I like this view. I happened to be listening to Michael Beckwith’s show and he was discussing “purpose and living”. He said, in concert with your quote, that one should not withhold their gifts from the world. Give your gift and do not think about the reward. This is love. Love what you do, share with the world and let the universe take care of the outcome.

    Here is a link to his show at Hay House:
    http://www.hayhouseradio.com/show_details.php?show_id=266&episode_type=0

    Thank you for sharing this post.