If you haven't guessed yet this is no ordinary self care adventure. It's not initially focused upon the external things to bring you more health and happiness, though we will cover those too. That's because the foundation for real change lives within you. It is within that we must first explore.
During our time together I will invite you – over and over – to deliberate and discover what it is that you truly long for. This deeper understanding of what moves you into being is essential for self care. You won't find it in a book or even a teacher. It is something that comes to you as you reach into your inner recesses and directly experience your deeper nature. This is done through self exploration and self reflection, two things you will get plenty of practice in during our time together.
So what's the deal with goals and intentions? It's easy to get all tangled up between these two. This is not an either/or situation, both are essential in creating the shifts in your world that you desire. Here's the difference between goals and intentions, from my perspective:
Goals focus on a specific outcome in the future, whereas intentions focus on the present moment and provide guidance in aligning your actions with your inner purpose and values.
Goals are the masculine principle (yang) of creating change. Goals are the actions that you take on the adventure. They are a powerful skill set and can fill you with confidence, as long as you are moving along to completion. Goals are fixed in time. Goals are doing.
Intentions are the feminine principle (yin) of creating change. It is the inner guiding force that aligns with your values and vision, and propels you into action. It is the inner fuel for your adventure. Intentions are of the timeless. Intentions are being.
At the beginning of any adventure it's essential to map out where you're going. Otherwise, you might wind up in the wrong place. Let's map out your Self Care Mastery adventure:
Goals are powerful signposts for the journey. As you accomplish them you feel the movement towards your destination. Living your intentions allows you to focus on how you want to be in the moment, independent of whether you are ‘getting there or not.' As your intentions guide your moment to moment experience, you'll find that you focus on what matters most.
Remember that when you set a goal, or an intention, you are embarking on the pathway of change. Fear, doubt and uncertainty are sure to come along for the ride. Don't sit on the sidelines, just prepare for it.
No matter how much you plan remember that Life will send surprises your way. The adventure is a mystery that unfolds everyday. Unexpected things can, and will, occur. However, you always have control over your actions and intentions. And that's a good thing!
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Whether you celebrate your New Year's Eve with fireworks, watching the ball in times square, or the 12 grapes tradition – eating one grape for each month to ensure prosperity in the new year – it is a perfect time for ritual release and renew.
Here are a few of my own New Year's Eve Rituals. Feel free to use them to help you wrap up the old year and welcome the new:
Karma Cards. (Release Exercise)
What's Your Headline? (Release Exercise)
Life Is In The Leap (Transition Exercise)
Have any exercises or rituals you'd like to share? Please post below.