Daily Intention: Clarity

We do not see things are they are.  We see things as we are.

-Anais Nin

Have you ever been in a mental fog?  I’m sure you have.  I know that I have been so many more times than I can count.  The problem with experiencing mental fog and tunnel vision is that we tend to lack the perspective we need to broaden our thought horizons.  In other words, we only digest one version of everything we experience.

For instance, I used to suffer from repeating the same mistakes in every relationship I had.  It was quite foolish looking back now because the scenario never worked out the way I thought I wanted it to, and that was because I kept doing the same things and expecting different results.   I believe they call this the “definition of insanity.”    I wouldn’t go that far, but I will say that the less open we are to insight and self-examination, the more likely we are never to break out of habitual patterns of self-destruction.

Wahey, that’s a mouthful, right?

So, today’s intention is clarity.  Clarity is all about seeing “the big picture” and allowing ourselves to gain beneficial personal insights.  We may not always like what we learn about ourselves, but when you can discover ways that you may be sabotaging your happiness it’s beyond valuable.  In my post, Why I’m Happy My Husband Pointed Out My Worst QualityI talked about how my husband pointed out my chronic habit of feeling like a victim.  At first, I felt insulted and uncomfortable about his insights, but giving myself time to separate from all the content of my “story,” I was able to see that yes, I had in fact been sabotaging connections because spent so much time feeling like I was under attack.

I’m not convinced that I wouldn’t have been able to gain this valuable insight to myself without my husband because clarity is something we gain from within ourselves but I am fortunate enough to have ended up with someone who loves me enough to want me to live a happy and drama-free life.

Tips for achieving clarity in your life

  • Spend time with people who have values and goals in alignment with your own.
  • Limit mind-numbing television and social media scrolling and replace those activities with reading motivational books or time outdoors in nature.
  • Visualize yourself free of drama and how you ideally would want to resolve problems or setbacks you may be facing.
  • Eat more unrefined foods and limit the toxins and stimulants you take in. Caffeine and alcohol can significantly impair clarity.
  • Keep track of your goals, whatever they are!

And now for today’s Daily Intention Workout!

Daily Intentions Workout

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  1. neil@neilshealthymeals.com February 9, 2016 / 2:58 pm

    This is a good one Erin. Clarity.

    You’re right about the mind numbing effects of TV and social media. I hear it all the time in work. How people have spent 5 hours in the evening watching complete cr*p. Wasting away their time and their lives when they could be out having fun with their kids or doing something useful.

    And then they moan about everything else, and hang about with groups of people who believe life has it in for them. Because they have no clarify and can’t see further than the end of their nose.

    Life is what you make it. Some folks have no clarity to see the better choices they could make, which would make their lives better.

    I rest my case. And my opinion. 😉

    • Erin February 9, 2016 / 6:17 pm

      Well said, Neil! I’d say it wouldn’t be so bad if it were just TV or just the Internet, but with the combo — forget it! A few long walks wouldn’t go a miss! 🙂

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