1. Be willing to get very very quiet within, in order to listen to the truth in the heart;
2. Then, do it.
The above process is an application of what F.M. Alexander discovered and taught regarding decision-making. When faced with a choice, if we want to live consciously instead of falling back into mindless, instinctual habit, we must first stop what we are doing (this stopping takes only an instant, but can be continued indefinitely). This gives us some time to pay attention, to become aware of what is within and without; past, present, future; what do we really want? Then, we can choose from the following options:
- continue on in the same direction (towards eating the cookie, in this case)
- continue to do nothing...wait
- do something else entirely (such as, continue to think constructive thoughts...Adyashanti-style or Alexander-style, etc. and/or move into activity)
I believe this process is essential in overcoming any kind of temptation or addiction, great or small.
By the way, sometimes choosing to eat the cookie is the "right choice", and sometimes it is not. But the only person that knows whether it is best for us or not in any given moment is the one inside of us who makes the choice.