Time to Set that Life Intention

It’s our personal human nature to set goals and intentions, to want to be somebody, to get somewhere in this life we have been given.

Recently, I learned that the word intention (a word I use quite often) comes from the latin root, intendere. Tender/tensum means “to stretch toward” something, and it got me thinking, “why do we always want to be stretching toward something ?

When it comes to goal/intention setting in various areas of our life, we like to “move toward” a somewhat immediate result, perhaps in the time frame of a few months to a year. We talk about that advancement or raise at work; or a health goal like training for a 5km race, losing weight, meditating daily or quitting smoking.

As for the inside job, maybe we are trying to be more patient with loved ones, to speak more confidently during a business meeting, or to become a better listener with our partner.

Long term goals are definitely not alien to us either—think 5 or 10 year plans for buying a house, starting a family, paying off school debt, etc. Whether we reach the goal or not, we typically have a type of reward or finish line in mind.

When we set a goal that we want to meet, we put our full focus, will power and determination into it—at least in the beginning  We may even become over obsessive or addicted to our goal and witness it as it becomes all we think or talk about (but not necessarily in the most mindful way).

Society has definitely conditioned us to be goal oriented “human doings,” but what about a non goal goal, like an intention for life?

I don’t mean accomplishing x,y,z by the time we are 90 years old, but rather taking time to contemplate how it is we want to “be” in our life, vs what we “do.”

For example, a personal “life” intention of mine is to live with grace and to serve the greatest Good; to live a holistic and harmonious life with this body, mind, spirit, nature and all Beings. I want to live for the joy of Being, not because that is a goal, but it’s who I am, it’s my natural state.

As I started to keep more focus on the Highest, most Supreme, Grand intentions, my life started to have more purpose. Of course there a mini intentions set within this, yet the main focus does not lie there.

By taking some time to journal and sit in stillness, we can allow ideas for this “life intention” to arise. From here, we can start to ask ourselves questions like “does my lifestyle support my highest goal?”, “Do the people I surround myself with align with my dharma (a term used in Buddhism to mean life purpose)?”, “Am I acting in every moment from this place of intention with every word I speak and action I take?”

Living a more purposeful life does have not to mean traveling the world, become famous or driving our dream car… but it definitely can also mean that!

The doing, the collecting of things and successful accomplishments will simply unfold with time (that is this life!). Me, there person, will be acting out my life plan, as mySelf bears witness.

What’s going to keep us grounded in truth, focussed on love and thriving with grace is the embodiment (walking our talk!) of this life intention in each and every moment.

It’s when we recognise our Highest Self and live from a place of pure naturalness and spontaneity, as the yogis call Sahaja, that we will feel fully free.

Goin’ Seasonal Week 1: Ravishing Radishes

Last year, I had the honour of being a part of the Dare 2 Dream Sandy Loam Produce first ever Community Support Agriculture (CSA) program in Espanola, Ontario. On a weekly basis, CSA members as well as those of you signed up for the Holistic Lacey newsletter received a flyer filled with delicious recipes, tips and nutritional facts. I have decided to share this deliciousness to inspire, educate and encourage everyone to enjoy eating locally and seasonally, and to feel the difference for yourself.

Week 1: Ravishing Radishes (CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE AND NUTRITION INFO)

Recipe: Rosemary Roasted Radishes with Greek Yogurt Dip

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Nutritional Tip:  Radishes are an important detoxifier, especially for blood, kidneys and bladder, due their diuretic properties. They also aid in digestion by eliminating toxins, relieving constipation and calming the digestive system.

 

Low carb- high fat- moderate protein shake

The Keto Beginning is inspiring me to get creative with shakes! This is my first shake without fruit (other than some random water and protein powder combos). Before the keto beginning I could never imagine a shake without a banana let alone berries or pineapple. This high fat approach was the perfect the after work-out boost and refuel I needed. My body is loving working toward being keto adapted. It tastes like cookies and cream for some strange reason even though there was no cacao. Here are the all star ingredients. 1 tbsp coconut oil 1 scoop vega sport performance vanilla 1/3 cup coconut milk 1 tbsp natural peanut butter 1 tbsp chia seeds Water Enjoy!

I’m going shampoo free

In the summer, it seems I wash my hair much less because I’m swimming in the lake everyday and it doesn’t seem to get dirty.

Before jumping in the shower this morning, I started to think of ways to keep my hair clean, naturally and homemade.

For the last 2 years, I have been using all natural Jason products and I love them- toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, but I thought it would be amazing if I could stop spending my money on hair and body products. (I’ll share my new homemade facewash, body scrub and hydrating lotion soon!)

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I read a few blogs and thought I’d give it a try!

Shampoo: 1/2 cup baking soda mixed with 1 cup hot water (I made it in the shower with a mason jar). It of course doesn’t lather, so if you are used to the bubbles with regular chemical shampoos, it may seem strange. Make sure to rinse it out well. Clean your scalp and all your hair.

Conditioner: I filled a large spray bottle with vinegar and water (half and half). I know some people use apple cider vinegar but one blog I read said that it made her hair really heavy, so I followed her suggestion and used white vinegar. I’ll try raw apple cider next time.

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Once my hair air dried, I was shocked and beyond excited at how soft it was and couldn’t stop running my fingers through it. It’s also so shiny!

Apparently there may be a “greasy” transition phase so I’ll keep you posted on how that goes.

Anyone else up for the challenge? Comment below!

Cheers to living simply and naturally.