intention

Do you know what you’re thinking?

Ever stopped for a moment to pay attention to the thoughts that run across your mind??  The average person thinks anywhere from 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts each day, and according to some research, as many as 98% of them are exactly the same as the thoughts the day before.  The more you think the same thoughts, the more ingrained in your brain they become.  It’s like creating a cd for your mind.

What are you thinking??  Have you stopped long enough to notice?

When I was in junior high, every night as I went to sleep I prayed to God.
And my prayer went a little something like this:
Dear God,  I love you so much.  Thank you for today.  Please help me to lose a lot of weight…..
Not sure what came after that, but I can remember thinking these thoughts almost every night.  I don’t know what I thought God was going to do or how praying for it might help, or even what “a lot” was (5 lbs? maybe 10??), or what would happen when/if I lost that weight….but that didn’t stop me.  For the better part of two years, this was my request, and this groove was recorded in my mind.

….Fast forward a few years….

My relationship with God and prayer has changed.  A lot.  Though, I still like to pray as I get into bed at night.  Most of my prayer is gratitude for the day that has been, and I can tell when I’m tired, or distracted because this gets played….

Dear God, I love you so much.  Thank you for today.  Please help me to lose a lot of weight….

It’s like a default to check if I’m paying attention.  When I catch it, I giggle, because I know it’s a sign that I’m tired and not present.  But it’s also a signal to pay more attention to what groove I’m creating at that very moment.

What are you thinking right now?  What thoughts are on repeat in your mind?
Might be time to lay some new tracks.

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What do you want?

What is it that you want?
For today?  This weekend?  This month?  This year?
This lifetime?
What do you desire?  From the bottom of your heart….what do you desire?

Desire ~ (verb) to wish or long for; crave; want.

Think about it for a second (I’ll wait).  Get a clear picture in your head.

Now.  Is what you’re doing today, ~ right now even ~ moving you closer to, or further away from what you want most?

A little reminder, and call to action.
move.  toward what you want.
feel your way forward.

You’ve set an intention, now what?

So you’ve set an intention.  Now what?
MOVE. Get out there, and do something.
Don’t simply intend to be great and expect to reap the rewards.  Go out and be great.  Do great things.
Dont’ simply intend to flow and expect it to come.  Work at it.  Follow the river.  Flow.
Setting an intention is one thing – moving with it is another.  Be sure to do the work.

Move.  You are meant to.

What’s your intention?

What’s your intention when you begin your day?
Do your work?  Move your body?  Show your love?

What’s your intention when you drive your car?
Do your dishes?  Buy your food?  Eat each meal?

Do you have one?

Intention:  (noun) 1)  an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result.
3a)  purpose or attitude toward the effect of one’s actions or conduct

Setting an intention before you move, makes the movement (whatever it is) more powerful.
It’s like focusing all of your super powers into your actions, in to your every day.
Without intention, actions can be random.  Haphazard.  Movement without direction.
Intentions focus you.  Keep you in the present, with an eye on what’s possible.
Every desire – every goal you have, grows from the seed of an intention.

Use your power mindfully.  Move with intention every day.
It doesn’t have to be hard, and you can’t get it wrong.

Going for a run: intend to flow.
Doing the dishes: intend to follow your breath.
Showing love: intend for another to feel your soul.
As you rise in the morning:  intend to have fun.
As you enter work:  intend to be of service.

Set your intention.  Focus your power.  Infuse it with love.

…and what else?

Just when you think you’ve got the answer, one more question: and what else?

know your plan for the day?…workout?….meals?…play?
what to do next?
got the solution?
what’s your body telling you to do?
what’s the easiest thing to do?…the hardest?
what could we do next?  
what do you want to do?

….and what else?  What else could we do here?  Where else could we go?  How else can I move today (other than run)?  What else can I eat?

Invite curiosity in to your routines (work, movement, fuel, etc).
….and what else?
Take a step back, and do something a bit out of the ordinary.
Innovate your every day.

The possibilities are endless.
simply open the door.

Questions?

Right now I’m obsessed with questions. Asking questions of anyone that crosses my path.
Asking questions of myself.
I’m like that annoying child that continually asks “why?”.

I recently read an article though, that pointed out that quest is the first part of question.

Quest ~ (noun) a search or pursuit made in order to find or obtain something.
ex) The quest for knowledge.

I love that.
With every question, we go on a quest…some longer than others.
What sort of quest are you on?
My three favorite questions right now are:
Who am I becoming?/Who do I most want to be?
How can I improve?
What can I let go?

Each question calls forth a different response. And sometimes I don’t even respond…I simply ponder. I try to avoid questions with one word answers or ones that don’t allow for opening or a shift of some sort (why is this happening to me? why is this so hard? who are these kids anyway?)

When I meet with something that doesn’t go my way, I ask a question.
How can this be easier? How can I improve the situation?

The quality of our lives is dependent upon the questions we ask.
What are you asking?

Live your way into the answer.

How do you know?

How do you know?

There are questions that you can answer definitively.  You can search for historical facts on the Internet.  Solve math problems.  Calculate with a computer program.  Look up nutritional data.  The list could go on….
But there are other quandaries that aren’t so easy.
Those that don’t have ONE right answer, and in explaining how you know, the words may not come so easily.

How do you know?

Know ~ (verb) to perceive or understand as fact or truth; to apprehend clearly and with certainty.
How do you know…

that you love him (or her)?
this partnership will rock?
you should say YES (or no) to the job, deal, project, proposal, date?
that this is THE house?
whether you should go this way, or that?

I’ve made enough wrong decisions to realize that what I thought I knew was really me wanting to know.  Wanting to be sure, and missing all of the signs in the process (hindsight is 20/20, right?!).  I’ve acted against my “knowing” enough to realize what it feels like in my body (tightness, whirring almost in the chest).  To know how it plays out in my mind (obsession, anxiety and stress).

The place that knows is always quieter.  Much more subtle.  Clearer (and cleaner) with the truth.  That doesn’t mean that my “knowing” keeps me from making mistakes, but those mistakes are ones that are easier to accept ~ and feel better in the process.

So tell me, how do you know?
Where does your knowing reside?
How do you know that it (whatever it may be) is right?

The challenge?
Trust that knowing.  And act on it.

The time is now.

Ever catch yourself saying something along the lines of “I’ll be ….. when….”?

I’ll eat better when I my diet starts. Next week.
I’ll run more, when I lose ten pounds.
I’ll excerise more when the kids are older.
I’ll drink less after fall is over. Or perhaps after the holidays….
I’ll start dating when my I grow my hair out/I get six pack abs.
I’ll meditate when I have a room to do it in, with a shrine and a tiny buddha. Perhaps a water feature.

You get what I’m saying. We all put things off.
As if in some future reality, things will be better when….
But what do you do in the mean time?
And what if the future is not some magic pill that makes everything “better”?

The time is now.
There is no guarantee that things will be better when….
The time is now.
How can you move more now?
How can you eat better now?
How can you….do what you whatever it is you want to do NOW?
Take a tiny step forward. There’s no time like the present.

Move more, not less.

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Fail. Today if you can.

 
How many times do you stop, or not even begin because you’re afraid of failure?
Because you’re afraid to look stupid, or be vulnerable?
Afraid of what others might think, say or do?

In my work (and also, in myself), I’ve noticed that many times, the mind immediately goes to the worst case scenario.
What will people think?  What if I don’t finish?
What if I fall?  What if I get hurt?
What if I make a mistake, people see it, and judge me?
What if I don’t get it right?
What if I suck?

hmmmmm……….
What if, instead of going to the worst, we asked after the best?
What good can come from this?
What can I learn?
How can this make me better, no matter what?
How does this make me feel?  Is it a good scary or a bad scary?
If I make a mistake and people see it, how can I be ok with that?  What will I do?

Notice that the energy shifts, simply by changing the questions you ask.

What are you currently NOT doing because you’re afraid to fail?

Go out and do something you might suck at – today, if you can.  Put yourself out there.  Let them see you fall – and when/if you do, ask yourself what good will come of it.
And if you don’t fail – congratulations, you’ve just expanded your comfort zone!

What are you willing to do, even if you might fail?