So I am up against myself. I want one thing in my life but I have managed to create something else. Does that need to be a bad thing?
What if we viewed this difference in what we are getting versus what we want as an opportunity for self exploration? What if we ask ourselves how we are creating what we are getting. To see something within ourselves that this situation is helping us become aware of?
If I grew up feeling that I was not given choice, that I had no voice in my world, I might make a decision that I will not allow others to tell me what to do ever again. Do you see limitations in that decision? I might not even be conscious of that decision, which is why stepping back to look at how we are creating what we are getting is such a great opportunity.
By stopping to see what I am doing that keeps me from what I want in my life I have an opportunity to make new decisions and move toward what I do want.
I find most of the time my fear is about what I don't want. I don't want to say no because I don't want to experience the reaction of someone else.
So what if I allowed myself to shift my perspective. Instead of "I don't want to look like a babbling fool on stage" I define how I would like my talk to go. What if I focused on being fully prepared and on the idea of letting go of the outcome. Can I really control how anyone perceives me in the first place? No.
My audience and I are more likely to enjoy my talk if I step onto the stage with an intention to be myself – and let that be enough.
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all!” – Helen Keller
Over the course of my life I have come to see how my intentions have brought about the events and experiences of my life. My intentions impacted who I married to the curves and turns of my career, my relationships and where I have lived. Knowing the power and impact of our intention gives us the ability to choose the daring adventure.
Do you see how your intention can create a daring adventure? Do you see how your intention influences your ability to create what you want in your life?
I see three aspects to intentions: focus, the energy in our body and our connection with the larger spiritual energy of the universe. There are more names for this spiritual energy than there are religions on earth.
One aspect of Intention is the act of focusing our mind on something, which could be an idea, a feeling, or an object. We can be intent on creating a thriving relationship with our family. We can also be intent on being critical of ourselves or another. Intention can be used consciously and unconsciously, to create and destroy.
Another aspect of intention is the energy of our body experienced as feelings. Intention has the oomph that moves me. It is more than a mental exercise. It is connected to the energy of our body. We can feel aliveness (consciously or unconsciously) from the energy of intention somewhere inside of us, even if we are not aware of that energy.
The third aspect of or resource to intention is our connection with the greater spiritual energy of the universe. Our connection with the greater spiritual energy of the universe is always there, but through our focus and connection with our body energy we can connect with greater magnitudes of that spiritual energy facilitating our intention beyond what we can do on our own.
What would be your intentions if you were creating and living your life of adventure?