In honor of Stress Awareness month, I decided to try someone different. I’m excited to announce that starting today, I’ll be talking about a stress tool a week and there is a twist. Information is one thing; however, applying that information is quite another. So on Mondays, I’ll talk about a tool in general and on Thursdays, I will talk more about the application. In this day and age, stress in on the rise and it seems more challenging to manage. ill be about more information and one post will be more about the application. Let’s begin!
I want to make a few permanent changes in my life and mostly these relate to being healthier. Last week I make my first home-cooked meal in a long time and it reminded me how much I do love to cook and bake, creating something delicious to enjoy, especially something that is good for my body, mind, and soul. I used to be an avid baker and that stopped because of a couple reasons. Work being one of them. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot more about how much I enjoyed this and how it affected my body, mind, and soul. I am returning to it.
Because it’s been awhile since I cooked and baked from home, I know there’s a bit of stress involved for me with this change. Change does bring stress, as it takes me out of my comfort zone. I like my comfort zone. I imagine many people do. And it’s a different kind of stress, which I have not been able to identify. Rather than avoid the change altogether, what I find to be helpful is using the tool of intention.
I was on the phone yesterday with a friend of mine who is an avid traveler and has set up her life that way as she loves to do her job all over the world. During our discussion, I was reminded of the importance of setting a clear intention about something I see in my life. It made sense to me to set a clear intention about having the space to cook and bake in my life. The definition of intention refers to something you plan or mean to do. It’s an action. So intending to create space to cook and bake, I also make sure I “see” myself doing this. I think intention goes a bit deeper than a plan. There’s a physiological experience with intentions that we don’t often give attention to with a plan. I can plan to get up at 6 am; however, if I set an intention to do this, it’s experienced a bit differently. What I have learned about intentions is that when I give myself space and time to really clarify what I see having, doing, being, or manifesting, there’s a deeper connection to this, as opposed to a casual “yeah, I’ll do it.” Even the wording is different, as I’m not planning something for the future (will); rather I am intending it as if it is already happening
People have asked me how I have been able to do and experience all the things I presently do and experience. I’ve learned that setting clear intentions has definitely assisted in this process.
On Thursday, I’ll explore some ways to really apply this concept and how a few others have done this. If you want me to focus on something specific, let me know!
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Happy National Stress Awareness Month!