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!

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Daily Intention: Health

Happy Monday and start and day 8 of my February Daily Intention Workout Challenge!  I hope your first week of February was a great one.  We’re into week six of 2016, and I know I keep saying it, but wow — time is ‘a flyin’!

It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.

Mahatma Gandhi
Ahh, Gandhi.  You cannot argue with the wisest of souls.  Let’s face it, many of us put our health below the number one spot on our “list of priorities”.  It’s crazy, right?  Without our health, it doesn’t matter what else we have.
Health should always be our priority.  I’ve been there (and I still struggle) when we don’t make it our priority, the universe finds a way of making it so.  Don’t believe me?  What happens when you don’t sleep enough?  Your body will not go on without necessary rest, and you crash.  What happens when you fuel your body with junk food?  Your metabolism becomes your worst enemy; your body cannot supply you with useful energy, and you crash.   What happens when you’re stressed out?  Your cortisol levels skyrocket, you can under or overeat, and you (say it with me) crash.  
When our health is compromised only then do many of us make bargains to take care of ourselves better.  After a bad hangover, we swear off drinking.  After a bad cold from killing ourselves to meet a demand, we swear to work on our life/work balance.
So, since we’re becoming such radical thinkers, today’s intention is health.
Do you eat and move mindfully?
How do you practice self-care?
Do you make decisions that will improve your health or hinder it?
Let’s break the cycle of nurturing our bodies and minds only after we’ve depleted them of their essential needs.  Make healthy choices now.  Ask yourself the question “how will this choice/action improve my health” every single day.
I’m not suggesting you should stop enjoying your life, I’m proposing that you make enjoying your good health your priority.

Today’s Daily Intention Workout.  Day 8:  Health

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Daily Intention: Be

Happy Sunday Funday!  Have you ever seen a poster or t-shirt that says, “Just be.”?  What does it mean to “just be”?  Apparently by existing, we’re being, right?

To “just be” is to participate in the creation of your life as it’s happening by breathing, focusing, and loving.

When we let ourselves exercise patience, we have a greater chance to allow the Universe to unfold in our favor.

I like to make the analogy of watching a pot with water and waiting for it to boil.  You can’t do anything other than be patient and allow the energy to manifest and the water to heat.  Life is the much same.  We can make choices and take actions to create opportunities and circumstance, but we have no control over the outcome.  If we let things be, they will be ready for us when the universe feels we’re ready.

Intention:  Be.  

Don’t try to predict or control the outcome.  Let it be.

Practice patience.

Breathe and then breathe some more.

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Daily Intention: Balance

“My point is, life is about balance. The good and the bad. The highs and the lows. The pina and the colada.”
― Ellen Degeneres

In the healthy living world, we talk and debate about balance constantly, but a balanced life isn’t just about eating and moving in the normal confines our hectic daily lives.  It’s  about living a life where our priorities and relationships receive the care and nurturing they need.  Balance is also caring for yourself so that you can fully care for others.

Sometimes it can feel impossible to “do it all” and the reality is, we don’t need to do it all.  We need to do what is right at the moment and what will bring us peace of mind.  Often, we put off things we need to do because we have so many other things that take more of our attention.  To put the intention of balance into practice, we need to evaluate what we have been making our priorities and ensure that they are in alignment with our goals and needs.  True, at times we have to do what we would rather not, but many of us lead lives that doing things we feel “have to be done” rather than taking a step back and realizing we don’t have to do them.

What do you want to do?

What can you suspend doing right now in your life to give you time to do what you want?

Which of your needs will you meet by making your desire a priority rather than a perceived luxury?

Balance is about experiencing both sides of the coin so that we can truly appreciate both perspectives.


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Daily Intention: Action

Happy TGIF!  What a week!  So far this week, we’ve created the intentions of laughter, possibility, freedom, and connection.  I’m hoping that you have spent the week laughing more, feeling all things are possible, and focusing on ways you can connect with yourself and other people.

Today’s intention word is action.  

Is there something you’ve meant to do, but just haven’t made time for it?  Is there a change you’re looking to make, but you’re not sure how to approach it?  Your intention of action comes into play as you take the first steps towards what you want to accomplish.

Perhaps you want to start running, knitting, writing a book, or start a course.  Whatever it is you are looking to do, take some time today to figure out what your next step will be or just go ahead and jump right in!

Inaction breeds doubt and fear.  Action breeds confidence and courage.  If you want to conquer fear do not sit home and think about it.  Go out and get busy.

-Dale Carnegie

Now, for your February Daily Intention Workout Challenge!

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What actions have you taken to get closer to a goal?

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