Being intentional has no “one size fits all” option. It takes a unique form in your life, shaping itself to perfectly fit you, your desires and your needs.
In my life (sometimes, sometimes not) being intentional looks like this:
- Being present and mindful in even the smallest of tasks.
- Being comfortable sitting alone with my thoughts and feelings.
- Leaning into discomfort and fear.
- Spending time with those I love and hearing what they say, not what I think they say.
- Being able to hear and trust that wise small voice within.
- Living by choice, not by a default set by the world around me.
- Acting, not reacting
- Single tasking; giving my full attention and effort to everything I turn my mind to.
- Progressing consistently toward heartfelt goals.
- Incorporating joyful movement and exercise into my day.
- Listening to what my body tells me it wants to eat.
- Being aware of my environment; understanding how it affects me.
- Keeping only possessions that bring me joy.
- Choosing what I allow into my mind-space.
- Switching off regularly to make time to rejuvenate and connect with myself and with my loved ones.
- Knowing what I love; and knowing what I believe.
- Standing for something.
On a good day some, or even many, of these feel alive in my life. On other days the idea of being intentional in any of these ways feels like a distant pipe dream.
I’m hoping that by focusing my intention on a specific area of my life each month I will develop the ability to engage my time and thoughts in these ways more and more naturally, with each month’s experience incrementally building on the month before.
What does intention look like in your life?
How does it look during an average everyday kind of a day? Or on a very, very good day. Or in a future life where everything is perfectly aligned. What does it mean to you?
Let me know in a comment below!