What are my priorities?
What is most important to me? What is my my list?
My approach is simple: Focus on the simple things we know have a big impact on health. It may be less exiting than conspiracy theories, but works better.
Eat your fruits and vegetables. Exercise. Nurture nurturing relationships. Enjoy life.
If I want to take the next step, it is to organize my life to reduce time spent driving, and walk, bike, or take public transportation instead. It is more enjoyable, gives me effortless exercise, and removes me from an activity that is far more risky than almost anything else we do. (I have already done this, and rarely need to use a car.)
It is easy to get distracted by minor concerns, or scares unsupported by science or common sense (microwaved food and vaccines come to mind as examples). So it is good to get our priorities straight: focus your limited energy on the simple things that we know have a big effect.
I listened to a CSS talk yesterday and a questioner brought up the topic of comfort. By looking at her own choices and actions in daily life, she could see that her main priority is comfort. (We can find our priorities by looking at our actual choices in daily life and where we spend our time and energy.)
Is it an obstacle? Yes, it can be, in all the obvious ways. By seeking comfort we may engage in mindless entertainment instead of practice, distractions instead of allowing experience and inquiring into beliefs, and so on.
But it can also be a gateway, an invitation for inquiry.
Again, it is quite simple and maybe obvious. And when I explore it in my own life, it can be very juicy.
My actions show what I act on. What I value. What I take as important. What is a priority to me.
Sometimes, it comes from a belief. Fear. Shoulds. Identifications.
And sometimes, it comes from my heart. Intuition. What is fulfilling to me.
When there is a release from the belief, there is freedom to act from my heart.