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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What’s one healthy choice you made today?

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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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Do you try to control your outcomes? How will you “just be”?

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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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What do you need to balance in your life?

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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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Daily Intention: Connection

We are “plugged in” all of the time, and yet, many of us have never felt more disconnected from others.  Although I believe an online connection can be just as powerful as an offline one, there’s still something special about the connection we experience each and every day with the people in our lives.

Being attached to our phones and tablets at all times is making us more disconnected than ever.  We rarely experience anything through our eyes anymore.    We experience things these days through a secondhand experience at best.  Louis CK does a great bit about our disconnection to actual events as they are happening when he describes his daughter’s school dance recital.

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While it’s hilarious the way Louis CK explains the phenomena, it’s also sad because it’s true.  Whether we’re not connecting with others or our friends and loved ones, it takes its toll.  Make it your intention to connect with people today.  Turn your phone off at lunch and chat to a co-worker.  Turn your phone off during dinner and be connected and present with your family.  Make small talk with a person waiting in line at the shop or while you’re waiting for a fitness class to start.  Make a conscious effort not to close your mind and body off to your connection with others.

On to workout #4 of my February Daily Intention Workout Challenge!

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Do you feel like you struggle with making connections?

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