A few months back I went to see one of my amazing healers. I was deep in my Yoga Teacher Training and honestly felt spent between the intensity of the training, the study time, fitting in family time and of course my amazing clients. Over the course of a week, my energy field began feeling porous, my digestion was off, my sleep and dreams became erratic. I put out an S.O.S “Save Our Spirit!” and she delivered.
One piece of wisdom she imparted was that it’s so easy for us to get knocked off our axis if we are not intentional with our lives. Her remedy to me was a morning meditation and strengthening my energy field to prepare me for the day ahead, but I stretched the wisdom across my day into every facet of my life. And amazing things began to happen. I had an abundance of creative, mental, intuitive and physical energy. I had more patience. I was more present in conversations. And the days began to seem longer...in a good way! More excitingly, I was able to get more clarity on what I truly wanted. The ability to manifest these things became as simple as saying, “Wouldn’t it be nice if....” and *poof* it happened. Isn’t that cray-cray??
We see it in our social media feeds almost every day, “10 Things Highly Successful People Do Before 8am”, “5 Things Creative People Do Everyday”, “12 Weekend Habits of High-functioning People”....c’mon, even on the weekends??! It’s enough to make you draw a giant L on your forehead, but I have to say there is one common denominator with all of these. Being intentional. And it’s makes the difference between feeling engaged, alive and vibrant or feeling like a somnambulist in the world around you.
My goal for you and me this year is to truly infuse the practice of being intentional with our lives so we can actually enjoy it at a pace we can handle.
Lena Stevens of the Power Path writes for January,
“The TRANSITION of December has already put choices, decisions and changes into motion. Now comes the RESET. In order for us to have the right setup for this to occur, we must allow a RESET on all levels.
Here are my 7 tips to help you be intentional so you may create a new you, this new year:
1. Wake up early: Your day begins when you wake up, not when you rush out the door. Yet, so often we don’t allow much time between the two. Waking earlier allows you time to be before you rush out into the world and begin your day.
2. Set your space: Whether it’s sitting in meditation, showering or simply lying in bed, be sure to set your space. This means connecting your crown chakra to the sky above and your root chakra to the earth below. It means synching up your energies and strengthening your energy field so you’re not an energy sponge throughout the day. It’s also a good time to say a prayer or set your daily intentions or affirmations. Basically this is the time you decide what you want your day to be like from a mindful place.
3. You are what you eat: The health of our belly defines the wellbeing our mind and body. Making sure what we eat is nutrient-dense, meaning is there good fat, fiber, protein, veggies, etc in what we’re eating. Also making sure we’re taking the time to eat throughout the day. Balanced blood sugar = balanced adrenal health, helping us to feel strong and vibrant.
4. You’re also what you think: Have you ever heard the phrase, “Hurt people, hurt”? Meaning that people who hurt inside, hurt others and of course themselves. You deserve to be kind to yourself, despite what old voices are running rampant through your mind.
5. Don’t be afraid to say no: Unless you live in a cave, our days typically fill up with meetings at work, family responsibilities, social engagements, workouts, etc. If asked to add another task to your to-do list, no matter what it is, take a good look at your day and weed out what’s important and what’s not.
6. Stop apologizing: Here’s one thing women do more than men, saying we’re sorry...for everything! It's an energy drain. A teacher once told me that you should only say “sorry” for 3 things: if you’ve hurt someone’s feelings, have done something really wrong, or expressing sympathy for another person. Otherwise a simple “excuse me” works perfectly and maintains your energetic boundary.
7. Bedtime: At the end of a long day the adrenals begin to gradually reduce the emission of the stress hormone cortisol so we may wind down and fall asleep. So align yourself with bedtime. Choose a time that gives you plenty of sleep so you may wake early. Also cease all use of electronics, get off the dating apps and sign out of Facebook. And if you’re still texting with your boss at 9pm that’s a whole other issue we need to discuss. Instead, take a hot shower, cleanse off the day, spray a nice lavender room spray around your bedroom and pillows and roll into bed. This is also a nice time to acknowledge a few things that were great during the day or pick up a good, uplifting book for a few pages and then off to slumber.
Being mindful of these 7 tips will help you feel more rested, embodied and balanced through the year. Follow them and tell me how you feel!