Intention Setting and the Art of Aspiring
We are often taught that setting an intention is an action item, a verb, some way for us to measure outward success, another thing TO DO. When was the last time you set an intention for how you would like to practice BEING. If we look reflectively at the motivation behind an intention we will likely uncover a heart-felt aspiration. We may aspire to practice patience, to be more present with our loved ones, to be less critical of ourselves...to open to joy.
Are you willing to set an intention by choosing to cultivate a specific heart-felt tone for the day, an intention to practice and reinforce a new way of BEING? It reminds me of a story based on the children's book Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert. When my daughter was very young we read her favorite book and decided that together we would plant a rainbow of love in the backyard. Our aspiration was simply to cultivate love, to meet the day with an open heart and to grow that love by planting seeds all around us. We selected the flowers, tilled the soil, and one-by-one planted each flower with kindness and the heart-felt aspiration of sharing this kindness and beauty with the world. After each flower was gently placed in the soil and nurtured with water my daughter and I looked up. In the sky above us was the most vibrant and stunning rainbow. This moment will stay with me forever and is a great reminder that what we aspire to create, what attitude with which we choose to greet each breath, really sets the tone for how we perceive the world. Our perceptions absolutely color our experience so why not drop-in to your own heart-felt aspirations, take 3 deep cleansing breaths, and consciously plant seeds today that will support how you want to show up for life.