Today’s Intention

Each morning I take a few moments to write down an intention for the day. I record my daily intention in a small notebook. Flipping through it from time to time brings me to a place of gratitude and peace.

An intention opens the mind and heart; it sets the tone for my day.

This is my intention today:

I live from the Truth of Who I Am…a spiritual being currently having a human experience.

I love this one and set it often:

I live from the Peace of my Soul.

What is your intention today?

An Intention

Trusted teachers have both taught and reminded me over the years to set an intention at the beginning of each day.  Intention is a powerful energy that guides  our thoughts and actions throughout the day, reminding us of the truth of who we are. Below are a few examples of intentions I have found to be supportive of my journey.

 

 I live from the Peace of my Soul.

I Am All That I Am

I manifest the love And compassion of the Divine.

I am Peace Itself.

I Am Love Itself.

I am One with All That Is.

I like to write my intention for the day on a small whiteboard in my kitchen. Seeing it helps me to live in the moment and to be aware of my thoughts and my behavior. Few days pass that fail to bring me opportunities to live my intention fully. Sometimes the circumstance affirms the truth of my intention; other times my intention guides me into higher awareness of my own patterns. This awareness elicits either gratitude or the desire to shift what I am thinking or doing.

May your intentions be clear, true, and powerful. Namaste. Peace dear hearts.

Today’s Creation

What would you like your day to look and feel like? Tonight, when you look back over this day, how do you want to feel? Take a few moments this morning to think about this. Visualize your day. If you are very detail-oriented, then be specific as you visualize. If you get hung up on details, go for a more general look ahead. How do you want to feel rather than what do you want to accomplish.

Once you have a feel for your true desire as this day unfolds, form an intention that supports that desire. For example, if there is much to do and you have created a list, your intention might be “I accomplish these tasks efficiently and I have fun doing it. I enjoy the people I meet along the way.” For those with a more general idea of the day, your intention might be “I live in peace with myself and others.”

May you be abundantly blessed as this day unfolds for you are eternally and unconditionally loved. You are love manifestin in the world. Namaste.

Our Best Intentions

There are times when, in spite of our best intentions, life gets in the way. I hold an intention of creating blog entries at least three times a week (and preferably five times a week). Life has been getting in my way and the reasons are wonderful, for the most part. It has also brought me a bit of frustration because my intention is…well, I already told you that.

I deal with it the way I deal with everything. I take walks and do a little yoga. I meditate every day and I stay in the moment even when it is so not what I was expecting.

An apartment on private property came to me through new friends so I moved for the second time in a year. My granddaughter is now two so she can tell her parents she wants to play with Gama, which is my delight of course! It is another half day not thinking about writing as well as not writing. A precious new friend has a health crisis and I am giving her reiki every day. This is such a beautiful opportunity to serve and I am humbled and blessed in the process. My moments are filled with blessings. And the days and weeks flow by and I am not at the keyboard.

However, my heart remains true and I hold the intention and this morning – hurray! – here I am. Each day I remember that my highest intention is to live consciously, to be in the moment, and to live each moment with love and compassion for myself and others.

For those of you who faithfully read my words, thank you for your patience. I trust the entries will come into a flow that fulfills my intention and blesses you in the process.

May this day unfold in ease and may we all be present, loving, and compassionate.

Namaste.

Conscious Speaking

I have often heard of the importance of being a good listener. Usually when I think of someone being a good speaker it is in the context of public speaking of some kind. The focus of my teaching for many years has been on living mindfully and being present in the moment. I am often aware of my breath, my thoughts, my feelings. It is my intention to develop the art of listening from my heart.

What about speaking? I know that speaking is one way to express myself…but do I consciously express mySelf?

It is a valid question and one that I plan to sit with and take into my meditations the next few days. I experience the highest level of conscious speaking when I am working with a person one-on-one or when I am leading a group or teaching a class. In those situations I am deeply connected and one with True Self. I am trusting the Divine to love others through me. What I speak flows through me rather than being thought up by me. So, I know what conscious speech feels like in that context.

My awareness is being heightened when I begin to feel frustrated on the phone. Just this week I was asking someone for help with an online issue and I was being directed elsewhere….”Oh, that’s not our program. You have to call that company.” Something I wanted to be simple was becoming more complicated every time I sought help. The frustration began to flow through my voice and I knew full well the person directing me was not responsible for the issue or for my frustration. As I heard my own voice, I knew I was wrong to speak to her that way. I stopped myself (hurray!) and took a breath. When I spoke again, I thanked her for her help and said I would do as she suggested. After all, she had helped me. It wasn’t her fault that this wasn’t how I wanted to spend my time in that moment. Upon ending the call, I sent her blessings and envisioned her having an easy day from that moment on.

I am learning to own what I am experiencing and still get the help I need. For example, when I heard that frustration building in my voice as a cable tech tried to help me over the phone, I interrupted myself and said, “I know you can hear the frustration in my voice. Please know that I am not frustrated with you. I get frustrated with myself for not understanding and with technology for not doing what I want it to do. Please hang in there with me because I know you are helping me.” He was very kind to me and even slowed down so that I could stay with him, ask questions, etc. This helped me to calm down very quickly and focus. The problem was then resolved in about 15 minutes and I was grateful for his knowledge and ability.

It seems I must clearly hear my own voice in order to modulate how it sounds and what it is communicating. Listening while I speak will also keep me from getting ahead of myself or getting off the subject. My desire is to be clear as well as loving and compassionate.

May my voice and my words, as well as the tone and volume, express the love and compassion of my True Self, my Soul. This is the blessing I give myself today.

Namaste.

Intention

My spiritual mentors remind me in many ways of the importance of intention. Beginning each day with awareness by taking 3-5 slow breaths and feeling my body is my first step. As I breathe I ask myself how I want this day to feel…yes, feel. I find this much more powerful than starting a list before I even get out of bed. For me, it isn’t about doing; it is about being. I know how I am being when I am aware of what I am feeling.

Today I want to feel peaceful, happy, loving, and compassionate toward myself and others.

This is my desire. It tells me what I want to realize when I ask myself tonight how I feel about my day. I move from to desire to intention by making a commitment to myself as I begin to look at what I want to experience and accomplish today. Once I have done my morning yoga & meditation, I sit with my coffee and make a list or check my calendar. This is my opportunity to let desire become intention. It is the same thought, the same desire, and now I commit to it and to myself and it is empowered by my intention.

Today I believe in mySelf as I live from the peace of my Soul. I am happy, loving and compassionate toward myself and others. I am faithful to the commitments I have made with myself and others today. 

An intention can be much more specific, of course. If there is something I have been avoiding, like making a dental appointment 😊 my intention may include calling at a specific time and setting an alert on my digital calendar. If I have been wanting to shift the energy of my life by trying something new, my list may include signing up for a class or walking to the park to do yoga rather than staying inside.

Play with these ideas and see what shakes out. Keep it simple and clear. Find what works for you.

For me, today

I believe in mySelf as I live from the peace of my Soul.

Namaste