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This week I started something fun on Facebook called, “Mondays with Meg: Get Set For A Great Week With Mastery Tools For Intentional Living.”
Here is the video if you’d like to watch… or you can read the content below 🙂
What do I mean by “Intentional Living?” For me, it’s becoming aware of how you want to feel and making decisions that line up with those feelings. It’s waking up every morning and deciding to say “YES!” to life. Intentional living is being mindful with your time, with your communication, with what you eat, when you sleep, the things you say yes to… and the things you say no to.
In a nutshell, Intentional Living is making the decision to stop abandoning yourself and choosing instead to honor yourself and others. It’s stepping away from numbing mechanisms… and towards being fully present and at home with yourself… the dark parts, the light parts,…with your soul. And when you live with intention, the benefits show up everywhere, especially for the people in your life. Because as you know, when you are fully present with yourself, it’s so much easier to give the same to others.
When people ask me what I do, I instead ask them, “Do you ever feel stuck, overwhelmed, exhausted with your life?” Many times they nod. My reply is, “I simply help you move beyond that and find your way home to who you are.” As Glenda, the good witch said, from the Wizard of Oz, “When you know yourself you’re always home, anywhere.”
So when people come to me for support, it’s often at the point where they are trying to find their way home and are asking themselves what I call the “SACRED QUESTIONS.” Who am I, what do I want, and how do I want to feel? These questions are sometimes difficult to answer and can be anxiety provoking… but I do believe they are the foundational components to intentional living.
So how do we answer these questions? Through what I call “Mastery Tools for Intentional Living.” We all have the right tools that work for us. I like to group mine into four categories:
* Personal Values System
* Presence (AKA “mindfulness”)
Today, I thought we would use the tool of imagination through a fun exercise. Go ahead and read through the following exercise first then give it a try….
Take a few deep breaths. Breathe in through your nose on a count of 4. Hold it for 7 seconds. Then breathe out for 8 seconds. Let’s do that again. Breathe in through your nose. Hold it… and breathe out. If you can, just take the time right here right now to be present and in this moment. Setting aside that to do list and the worries and the stresses of the day. Just for the next few minutes, make the decision to be here. As you relax in your body and in your mind, I’d love for you to take a trip into your future where you’ve made some changes in your life and are really beginning to feel the way you want to feel in your relationships, in your work, your finances, and your environment.
Now let’s imagine it’s six months from now and you are walking through one of your favorite stores. You run into someone you haven’t seen in several years. They walk up to you, their eyes open wide and they reach out to you and say ‘O… M…. G, you look so ________, __________, __________.” Using your intuition, what are the three words they say to you?
Now, really feel those words resonate in your body. What do they feel like? How do you feel as you walk away from the conversation?
Next, ask yourself, “what is preventing me from feeling those feelings now?” Maybe it’s old stories in your head or simply fear.
Finally, ask yourself “what is one thing I can begin today,,, just one thing… that will help me start to feel this way on a regular basis bit by bit?”
So often we look to others or to things to feed the hunger within ourselves for what we desire. When we shift our focus within, everything shifts.
You want to feel respected by others? First look at how you can start respecting yourself more.
You want to find love? Love yourself more by shifting the way you treat your body or the words you use in your head.
When we stop searching “out there” and begin cultivating “in here,” our energy elevates and pretty soon people and opportunities show up to support us on our journey.
You have the power to create the reality you desire… you really do! Help yourself by using your imagination like we did in the exercise every day even if for a few minutes. After one week, I’ll bet you start to notice some things starting to change.
Here are a few actions steps to support you…
1. Write down the three words you chose in the exercise and post them on your mirror, your desk, etc. Somewhere you will see them every day.
2. Commit to ONE thing that will begin generating the energy of those words today for you. Want to feel more peaceful? Try mediating for 2 minutes each day…. Craving more confidence?Start paying attention to your body language and stand up straight! …Desire more happiness? Make a list of 7 things that make you happy-and actually do one each day.
See you next week!
p.s. you can catch me live on Facebook every Monday 12pm CT!