What does the word intention mean? I’m sure we’ve all heard it or been to a yoga class where the instructor asks us to set an intention for the class. Dr. Wayne Dyer says that intention is, “A strong purpose or aim, accompanied by a determination to produce a desired result.” One of my intentions is to always inspire others to make small changes in the morning that have the power to influence the way they function throughout the day and ultimately how they live. Changing my morning has changed everything for me (read more about that here), so it’s my intention to help others do the same! Sounds simple, right? Let’s dig a little deeper.
The above truly changed the course of my life and I mean that in every possible sense of the word. At the beginning of this year I hired a business coach to help me get more organized and help me better manage everything I had going on. I wasn’t expecting the life coaching piece, I just wanted to talk business (typical!). We started out working together talking about my greatest values and intentions. Everything came back to one word for me, FREEDOM. It’s the number one thing I value, hence my motto over here at Nine Lives Health & Mind – LEAP, LAND, LIVE! I live a life by my own design and want you to do the same! I came full circle with this one. What I realized after working with my coach was that I was anything but free. Let me break it down for you….
How I was living…
My intention was freedom, but my attention was a schedule filled every hour of every day, overcommitted, no self-care, religious about my workouts, focused on my never ending to-do list.
It’s not rocket science to see how those two things don’t match up. It’s no wonder I was feeling exhausted, burnt out and unfulfilled. My heart and intention were going one direction and my attention was going the complete opposite way.
Today I want you to think about your own life: Is your intention matching your attention? Is your intention to feel more rested and more present, but your attention is given to scrolling and watching one too many episodes of Netflix in the evenings so you never get to bed on time? Is your intention to be more present with your kids, but your attention is spent on cleaning the floors or being on your phone instead of reading them a book or playing dolls? Is your intention to be healthier and exercise, but your attention is spent on planning happy hours and drinking with friends instead of going to spin class first? Try not to judge yourself, it can be hard! Be excited that you’re here and present and making changes! It all begins with that one decision to change.
Shakespeare said, “Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.” Be proud, you’re attempting, you showed up, you’re here!
Here are some exercises you can do to get in stronger alignment with your intention
- Take Action: What is one action item you can take today to get these two things in closer alignment? This may be something deeper than what you have going on today or this weekend. Sit in meditation or stillness for a couple of minutes and really think about where alignment and misalignment lie related to your intention and attention. What can you put into motion in this moment to bring them closer together?
- Journaling Exercise: These five steps are taken from The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne Dyer, I highly recommend this book. For now, just do some journaling and reflection on each of these five areas related to intention. Where do you have strong attention to support that area? Which category could use some more attention?
- 1/ Visualize the Power of Intention: Allow the seven words that represent the faces of intention to decorate your visualization of the powers of intention. Creative, kind, loving, beautiful, expanding, abundant and receptive.
- 2 / Be Reflective: A mirror reflects without distortion or judgment. Consider being like a mirror and reflect what comes into your life without judgment or opinions.
3 / Expect Beauty: Expecting kindness and love along with beauty to be in your life by deeply loving yourself, your surroundings and by showering reverence for all of life. There’s always something to beautiful to be experienced wherever you are.
4 / Meditate on Appreciation: The power of intention responds to your appreciation of it.
5 / Banish Doubt: When doubt is banished, abundance flourishes and anything is possible.
How do you get in better alignment with your intentions?
Dive deeper into intentional living: How to Eliminate Regret and Take Positive Action, Embracing the BEing, Design a Space that Promotes Joy and Intention, Let Go and Flow: The Law of Attraction, and Breathing Exercises to Reduce Anxiety.
CAT GOLDEN started Nine Lives Health and Mind to help others feel like the absolute best version of themselves. She has a background in pediatric nursing and now does her wellness business full time. She does this through working with individuals and groups conducting weight loss programs, help with athletic performance, increased energy and mindset training. She has been a fitness enthusiast for the last decade and believes that where focus goes energy flows. Focus on gratitude and moving your body and watch how your life can change! (You can also see posts from Cat under The Resource Girls)