Most of us like to start off the new year with a new resolution- a plan or goal to do better, be better. Or, like I've done for the past several years- an intention (nice read on why you should set an intention, rather than a resolution). Because this year is extremely important to me and my family, I've put a bit more time and thought into what my intention should be - at least to start - I also feel that based on my progression, heart and current state of being that my intention may be more of a month by month, week by week or perhaps even daily focus. I don't want to feel locked into one intention or focus for the year, but rather go where my heart and soul want to take me at any moment.
This book, The Power of Intention, has deeply resonated with me and I'm going to refer to many of the lessons it shares as I go throughout 2017, as a mom to be and (very soon) as a new mom to our baby bear. One practice that is consistent throughout the book, and one that I've always known to hold great power, is gratitude. And, what is often very hard to do, is being grateful for everything, even challenges and set backs or things that would normally upset or disappoint us.
This past week on Thursday I let myself be pulled into a funk by a great disappointment at work- but I was able to bounce back pretty fast and actually turn a bummer of a situation into a really positive thing, by being grateful for it. I was upset, then I noticed that emotion as just energy, let it flow through me and listened to what remained. What remained was a feeling of peace and knowing - I know my heart, my passions and I know what is important. I have and am grateful for the abundance of friends, love, family, humor, kindness and joy that is in my life. I know I have a purpose, I know every road teaches me something and I am patient in that I am finding my way.
And less than 24 hours after what I thought was a great disappointment, I was blessed to gain great momentum, to meet several new people and be surrounded by a positive energy that I feel very strongly that I attracted into my life.
Friday was brilliant and bright and today was beautiful. I woke up early (thanks to Kevin's alarm waking him for a 13 mile run!), made a fantastic green smoothie to feed my and little bear's body with goodness, and read and reflected some more. There was an immense positive energy today here- and all over the world -especially with the women's marches and rallies going on. Nothing is on accident- everything is on purpose, everything has happened for a reason. And we can take everything that has happened and do something positive with it.
So my current intention is to Live my Life on Purpose. I aim to look at the kaleidoscope of my life - everything that has happened - from a perspective of gratitude. To help me do so, I will notice my energy, thoughts and actions - Do they flow from a source of love within me?
To give one's heart is to give all