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10 Intentions To Set For Your Most Authentic Life

January 11, 2015


Intentions are the fuel to manifesting your goals and visions. An intention will help create more clarity in your life, especially when the seed is planted right before you start your meditation.

Setting an intention is like drawing a map of where you wish to go — it becomes the driving force of your higher consciousness. Without an intention there is no map, and you’re just driving down a road with no destination in mind.

That said, an intention cannot be forced. It’s a seed that you have to sow and then let reap on its own. You can’t set an intention that you don’t believe in. If it’s done forcefully, the purpose of the intention is ruined.

Here are 10 clear intentions to consider, as you move toward your goals and dreams:

I intend to manifest happiness naturally.
I intend to respond first, and then react.
I intend to witness Divinity in everyone.
I intend to lead by example.
I intend to be open to success and abundance.
I intend to stop taking things personally.
I intend to forgive others, and myself.
I intend to love unconditionally.
I intend to make meditation a more important part of my lifestyle.
I intend to make someone smile every day.
If you have another intention in mind that isn’t listed above, go for it! Just remember to keep these three important points in mind as you set your intention:

1. Keep it positive.

Make sure your intention has a positive tone. If your intention is to de-stress, then say something like, “My intention is to invite peace and calm within myself during today’s meditation.” Try to avoid saying something like, “My intention is to fight this stupid stress.”

Your chosen intention should always be positive, uplifting, and always in the present tense. You want to refrain from using any negative words.

2. Make sure it can evolve.

Our minds are very clever … when something new comes along, the mind is intrigued. But as time passes, the mind gets bored! Think about when you walk into a fragrant room — you can sense the smell immediately, but after a few minutes it’s not as potent.

The same thing can happen with your intentions. If you stick with the same intention week after week, your mind will stop responding to it. The best way to resolve this is to make sure your intention or goal can easily be adjusted.

If your intention on your first day is to invite peace and calm in, after few days you may change that intention to, “My intention is to enjoy the peace I create in myself.” Please be advised however, that you shouldn’t drastically alter your intentions or goals too frequently. The goal is polish and enhance.

3. Aim for the short term.

It’s more practical to set an intention for the short term rather than the long term. You can still think of the big picture — just divide your long-term intention into few shorter ones instead. This will help you achieve a grandiose goal in shorter, more powerful segments.

If your intention is to become more specialized in your profession, then first figure out the steps involved with advancing in your specific field. Your first step may be to get good grades on your prerequisite exams. Then, the next goal may be landing a lucrative internship, and so on. After successfully manifesting your short-term intentions, you will ultimately reach the actual goal that you had been nurturing in the first place.

Then, once your intention is set, be sure to use it in your meditation. Start your meditation with a few deep breaths and observe the stillness within. Afterward, bring your awareness to your heart and set your intention.

Observe the movement of your breath as you inhale and exhale. Continue to let go of all of your grudges and emotions. Watch your thoughts as they come and go, but don’t assign any value to them. Before you finish, take a few moments to be grateful for the intention you have set. Stick to the same intention for a few days before moving on to the next one.


Personal Growth

A Simple Exercise To Help You Get More Of What You Want Out Of Life

January 5, 2015


So you’re ready to feel naturally energized and do more of what you want, minus the guilt. The only problem is that you don’t really know where to start, because your plate is already overflowing with enough things to do as it is.

The thought of adding one more thing to your load makes you anxious, which quickly leads to putting your big desires on the back burner and continuing with your normal routine.

If this describes even just one part of your life right now, I get it. I’ve been there more times than I can count. But with a little time management intervention, I got clear about why I always felt like I had seemingly endless things to do.

This is when I realized I was doing a lot of those things out of guilt and mindlessness. I was trying to multi-task often, because I thought it was a talent. This led to never giving anything my full, undivided attention.

I was going about my day doing the normal chores, errands and tasks, simply because I was used to staying busy. But many of these tasks were actually draining my energy and could have been saved for later in the week — or just taken off my plate all together.

If you can relate, I want to share this super simple and incredibly effective exercise that was a total game-changer for me.

It’s time to get energized and feel absolutely fantastic, while doing what you really want to do!

Start by paying attention to which experiences you might be exerting a lot of physical energy, without even noticing it. Next you’ll want to become more aware of the actions that naturally energize you.

Write down these two questions on a piece of paper to help you:

1. What energizes me?

Examples: Practicing yoga, meditation, taking time to just enjoy a cup of tea, working on creative projects, having a good laugh with a friend or co-worker, taking a brisk walk, eating a delicious meal, having down time to relax, dancing, painting, etc.

2. What depletes me?

Examples: Thinking about all the things you have to do, spending too much time on the Internet, checking your phone a hundred times in a day, comparing yourself to others, multi-tasking, etc.)

Do you feel inspired and energized by any of these actions, or do they leave you feeling drained and scattered?

Keep a running list at your desk of anything that either truly energizes you, or depletes you.

And then throughout your days, notice when you are tensing up or gripping tightly. Maybe your scrunching your shoulders while you type on your computer. When you notice this, allow yourself to soften your shoulders, let them slide right down your back and notice how much lighter and more easeful you feel.

How about when you go for a walk or dive into a project you’re passionate about; do you start to notice an increase in your natural energy? If so, great! This means you are tapping into your natural resource known as abundance; it’s always available to you. The key is paying attention to the experiences that help you access it.
As you continue this exercise you will start to notice ways that you are exerting physical energy and how it’s making your day-to-day life more stressful. This awareness allows you to soften, pump the breaks on the tension and feel more easeful in both your mind and body.
Next, I want you to look at your to-do list and with this awareness, ask yourself: What can I take off the list? What really doesn’t NEED to be done right now?

Then start to focus on just ONE task at a time.

This will make such a dramatic difference in your energy. It will take practice however, but the benefits will be reason enough to continue your efforts. You will feel less scattered and more fully present. When you give each task your complete attention, you will be able to feel truly confident and proud about what you accomplish!

Cheers to you for getting out of your comfort zone, switching up your routine and feeling way more focused!


Personal Growth

5 Beliefs That Will Radically Transform Your Life

January 5, 2015


For most of my life, I’ve been chasing success, approval and happiness. I was attracted to shiny objects. Nothing was working. I read new books, attended spiritual retreats, started following new gurus, tried the next best diet craze and juice cleansed for days that felt like months. But after all of it, I still felt bored, lost, empty and alone.

Realizing none of my outward efforts ever worked, I did something radically different. Instead of looking on the outside, I retreated inward.

The happiness, success and approval I spent years chasing were always just outside my reach. It didn’t matter how many successful benchmarks I hit or could check off my list, or how many people said nice things about me or my work. Because if I didn’t believe it, it never registered.

It didn’t matter how others saw me. What mattered is how I saw myself. And that was a pretty grim view. In fact, I spent years avoiding myself. Walking past mirrors with my head down, avoiding looking at people in the eye, ashamed of how I looked and what others might think about me.

So many people focus on the opinions of others: Will they like me? Is this idea good enough? Am I loved? But we don’t ever put ourselves into the journey. We don’t ask, Do I like me? Do I love this idea? Do I love myself?

The pivotal moment for me came when I stopped focusing on how my life looked and instead focused on how it felt. I started to ask myself the questions I was seeking outwardly.

My inner deep dive revealed new layers. If the answer was no, I asked a follow-up question. What can I do to like myself more today?

With small steps I was able to peel back the layers of self-abuse, shame and insecurity. Decades of inner shame were slowly replaced with compassion, gentleness and love.

I adopted the belief that there’s a reason I’m going through what I’m going through. I could choose to resist it and push back on life, or I could dive headfirst into the experience and embrace it as if I had chosen it myself. Which is what I did.

This choice to embrace life fully must come from inside. Once you find it, your world is forever changed. Choosing to accept yourself as you are in this moment is real freedom. It is also what I was searching for so many years of my life.

That emptiness I walked around with was just a lack of self-attention. By giving myself more approval, my life began to transform. My work became more fulfilling, my relationships deeper and, most importantly, I got an inner peace and knowing that all is well and I am as I should be in this moment.

A new awareness and acceptance was born. It took time to fall in love with myself, but it started by me first believing in something I couldn’t see or even feel. Hope was my connector.

I had to adopt new beliefs in order to reach a new level of self-acceptance. If you’re ready to radically change your life, try believing in these.

1. The unseeable is real.

Believing in the unknown, no matter what it is, is part of getting to a new level in your life.

If you have a goal, such as losing weight, making a certain amount of money, or meeting your soul mate, but you don’t fully believe it, your efforts will always feel strained. Focus on believing in what you can’t see and turning inward to accept your true self.

2. Beliefs become reality.

Our beliefs make up our reality. What we choose to believe dictates our outcome. If I believed I was unworthy of love and bored with life, then that was my reality. But if I believed self-acceptance and self-esteem were possible, that became my new reality.

3. There is always a choice.

We’re only stuck by the confines of our fears. Everything we do is always just one choice away. I had the power to choose a new belief. And in doing that, I could change my reality. I chose to believe in myself, and it changed everything.

4. Everything you need is within you right now.

If you have a hard time believing in yourself, know that you have the ability to change within you. Remember, just because we can’t see something doesn’t mean it isn’t real. Some of the most magnificent things in the world can’t be seen, but only felt in the heart like love, forgiveness, faith and trust.

5. Struggles and obstacles are part of a plan.

Everything you are going through is preparing you for what you have asked for. What you are currently experiencing is part of a bigger plan. Trust the order of life and instead of resisting it, put yourself into it.

Trust yourself and have faith you will love yourself. It is already there within you. Just believe.