Last year, I proposed this question: “What would you do if nothing stood in your way?”
I got great responses from friends and students: “Travel the world… spend more time loving my family…worry less about what other people thought of me… learn to cook… take better care of my health… quit my job and move to California… run a marathon… set aside more time for myself…start a new hobby and stick with it… practice yoga every day”
But the question still remains: are you living with intention? Intention is powerful. (read my suggested intention at the beginning of yoga class). Thoughts are powerful. Your thoughts are powerful.
Sometimes bedtime arrives and I can’t remember how I spent my day. Or I arrive at work and can’t remember driving there. The ‘monkey mind’ is always wandering. That’s it’s job: to think ahead. To plan and problem solve and be in constant motion. But it can be exhausting. When our thoughts distracted, our bodies feel fragmented, anxious, and bored. We may walk through our entire day thoughtlessly. But: What if everything you do today had a specific intention? I call these: ‘micro-intentions.’ For example:
“I intend to eat this breakfast and savor each bite.”
“I intend to start my car and drive to work safely.”
“I intend to be productive, efficient, and compassionate during this meeting.”
“I intend to rest soundly and sleep deeply for eight hours.”
I believe that with these micro-intentions, life runs more smoothly. And my day takes on more meaning. And I have more energy to devote to moving forward to achieve my goals, as if nothing stood in my way.
Here’s your challenge for the day and your first #MeditationThoughtMonday
live with intention.
I dare you.