Connecting With Intention

“Connectors have an uplifting effect when they come into contact with people who are living in lower energy levels. Their peacefulness causes others to feel calm and assured, and they radiate an energy of serenity and peace. They’re not interested in winning arguments or accumulating allies. Rather than trying to persuade you to think like they do, they’re convincing through the energy they exude. People feel loved by connectors, because they’re merged with the Source of all life, which is love.” -Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, The Power of Intention

I’ve written before how our thoughts create our reality. Some skeptics may try and say this isn’t true; “then why do bad things manifest in my life?” they ask. My answer is simple:

“It’s not about what happens to you; it’s how you react to it.”

Everything in life is a lesson. From the best moments to the painful ones, each opportunity we experience provides a lesson for us to grow from. Often times, people don’t realize how their perception or thoughts limit their true potential. I’m not just talking about achieving great accomplishments or goals- it can be as simple as setting out to have a good day.

I spent this past Thanksgiving away from my family in Michigan, as I have many other years before. Some people may find this sad, but I intended to have a fulfilling day, having gratitude for all of the gifts in my life. My Thanksgiving was spent with friends, enjoying the crisp air, and eating Chinese food back at the house. Was this a traditional holiday? Of course not. But my thoughts shaped my reality.

As I walked through Harvard Yard with a friend yesterday, I felt a sense of gratitude and peace. I’ve come a long way since arriving in Boston two years ago; yet, upon my move to the city, my intentions were set. I intended on creating my own life here, finding a home, and making a living. I did it. Had I questioned myself, doubted what I could achieve, or worried about controlling the outcome, I would have blocked the abundance that came my way.

As you connect with intention and set out for your life to divinely unfold, anxiety slips away, synchronicities appear, and a new peace is discovered.

Intentions are simply unseen energies that lie within each of us- and you have the power to watch them manifest into your reality.

Lessons From a Yoga Class

Last night after work I went to yoga to recenter and unwind. Instead of focusing on an intention when we began, the teacher suggested we think about something we’re good at or proud of.  She shared a story about her stellar ability to parallel park; although everyone laughed, her point was understood.

We need to celebrate all our positive qualities, not just pick out the negative.

We are our worst critics.  After busy days at work, responsibilities, and (for some) families to care for, we can easily feel we’re slacking in certain areas of our lives or not living up to our potential.  Sometimes we need to focus on those little things- those tiny victories- to help get us through the day.   We may beat ourselves up for mistakes or flaws, but she reminded us to focus on what your own parallel parking is.

Yoga taught me several lessons last night.  Certain positions were uncomfortable; I felt wobbly and weak, but remembered: next time will be better.  That was why I was there- to gain strength, mentally and physically- not because it was supposed to be easy.

Life is like that, too.

At one point the instructor came up to me and helped me with a pose, which normally would make me feel embarrassed or uncomfortable- but last night it didn’t.  I felt grateful.  My ego wasn’t on the forefront- I was there to learn and to grow.

That’s what life is all about.

As yoga came to a close, she said to the class: “My goal for all of you is to stop moving out of habit.”

Then, in my mind I thought, “stop moving out of habit- move out of purpose.”

We run around all day, multitask, cross off to-do lists, and fill our calendars.  But do we really need to be moving?  Maybe, just maybe, we can take a deep breath and slow down.  We can focus on those things we do well, and continue to grow in the things we need to improve.

Our egos are merely an illusion; are we moving to keep up with our neighbors, or because we have a purpose?  Are we trying to impress those around us, or are we following our own hearts?

Setting intentions that are true to you and remembering all of your gifts and talents is so important on a daily basis.  In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we need to remember what’s going right, not wrong.

Last night I focused on my strengths, went easy on myself for not being “perfect,” and accepted the help that was offered to me. I’m going into this Wednesday with a grateful heart and open mind- although certain poses may be uncomfortable, we’re building up to be even stronger tomorrow.