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Tag Archives: intention
The start of a new month begins today and the chance to review your goals and intentions. August can generally be the hottest month and is the last month of summer. Leading up to the transition of fall we can choose to let our selves enjoy summer or start gearing up for the start of a new season.
Looking at current goals and intentions and checking where you are with them can help you stay on track. For me I’m continuing building the 7-day Chakra course on Udemy.com, planning upcoming retreats (Vermont, Panama, Thailand), and on a personal note gearing up for a new puppy!
Each and every moment we get to choose what to focus on and how to look at the world. How do you choose to see your life?
Live Light Practice:
Over coffee, tea or your beverage of choice contemplate what your intention for the month of August is. How do you want to be? What areas of your life do you need to shed light on?
There is always a need to adjust or maneuver in order to move with the shifts of life, it’s a balancing act. Being balanced comes from making choices and taking action consciously. If we approach life in a conscious manner we can create the life we want.
When we are unconscious in our lives we can begin to feel stuck or unfulfilled. Is there perhaps a part of your life where you are not feeling fulfilled or stuck? One way to make a change in your life is to take a step back and look at it from a different angle.
Yesterday I found shifting my perspective was how I brought myself back to the present. My day started off rocky and I could have looked at the entire day as being bad, but instead I took it as a sign that I needed to wake up, and be more conscious. It felt like everything was going wrong, at one point I spilled my entire coffee without even having taken a sip. Then I broke new glasses and my cat got sick. My first reaction was to think everything was going wrong and what a bad day I was going to have.
Continuing to develop my skills as a coach I took a continuing education course this week. When at class I decided I didn’t want to look at the day as horrible and stew in my own frustrations, so I decided to shift my perspective. I took a few deep breaths and slowed down. I had been rushing around and trying to multitask too much. Reminding myself that everything is already okay I took at a look at what was really going on and I realized I just needed a new outlook.
From this new perspective I approached the day eager to learn, and got a lot out of the course. I had taken the time to recognize the ebbs and flows of life and how pausing for a moment to be conscious of how I am moving through life can make a shift in how I approach the day.
What is another perspective I could have looked at yesterday with? Perhaps I could have ignored it all together and felt that the day would continue to fall apart. My day would have been different then, I would have been distracted and unable to pay attention in class. When I choose to look at what happened as an awakening to be more conscious of myself in every moment I was able to be present and open to the day ahead.
By taking the time to slow down and see what was really going on I made a choice to breathe and receive. As I move ahead with the weekend I will be consciously breathing and receiving the world around me.
Balance in life is all about making choices. We create our lives with every choice we make, and we can create a life of our dreams. How do you want to be?
Live Light Practice:
Is there something bugging you? Or is there a part of your life where you feel stuck? Take a few moments to discover and then create a name for this part of your life. Acknowledge how you feel about this part of your life, and now invite in a new perspective.
Stand up and raise your arms above your head, stretching and expanding your body. Rotate to your left; bring Gandhi to mind and the qualities that he represents to you. If you were to embody these attributes how might you look at this part of your life differently?
Wiggle your body and turn to your left. Think of Bob Marley and what he represents to you. If you were to think of his qualities how would you look at this part of your life?
Turn to your left and shake your arms and legs. Then bring in the qualities of Martha Stewart. If you were to include her qualities into your perspective how may you view this part of your life differently?
Looking back at the views of Gandhi, Bob Marley, and Martha Stewart is there one that resonates more with you? Which qualities do you want to take with you when you begin to look at this part of your life in a new way? What is one small action you could do in the next few days that will be in line with this new way of looking at things?
The New Year has started and the first week of the year is a good time to check in with your intentions for 2012. It is a way to come back to your goals before they get away from you!
Part of my intention for the New Year is to stay focused and be more mono-tasked rather than always multi-tasking. As I write this newsletter I notice the distractions popping up – texting with my sister, posting to facebook – but like in meditation I come back to my breath and stay on task. Rather than ridiculing myself for attempting to multi-task I kindly coax my attention back to the newsletter.
What intention for the year did you set? How have you been living with that intention so far? What can you do to support yourself?
Taking time for yourself is a great way to stay on track with your intentions. Planning ahead can keep the dark days at bay and fend off the urge to give up or succumb to the winter blues. Personally, I know that February and March are months that test my light mood with the dark and cold days of winter. This year I am fending off seasonal blues with the bright reminder that in less than two months we’re off to Bali for this years international yoga retreat!
What plans can you make to practice your intention and self-care? Maybe a massage, mani-pedi, yoga class, dance class, time alone at home?
May we all live light, because everything is already okay.
Time flies and before you know it the New Year will be upon us!
Prior to the New Year’s Eve count down, break out your journal and ask yourself these 12 questions:
1. What are you most proud of from 2011?
2. What are you grateful for from 2011?
3. What are 3 things you will leave behind in 2011?
4. What has brought you the most joy in the past year?
5. How can you bring more joy into your life?
6. What is something or someone in your life that drains you?
7. What can you shift in your life to allow you to release what drains you?
8. What do you love?
9. What makes you smile?
10. How do you want to be in 2012?
11. What is your intention for the New Year?
12. How will you know you are staying true to who you want to be in 2012?
After answering these questions, let it settle! Give yourself time to register what you have uncovered.
Then, write out the answer to question # 3 on a piece of paper and crumple it up into a ball. Light it on fire and safely dispose of it. Watch the paper as the flames engulf it and turn it to ashes. Allow those things you listed to be truly left in the dust as you transition to a better you in 2012!
May we all live light, because everything is already okay.