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.

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To love is to feel…

Before we know it, we will return 

to the great void from whence we came

A moment in time, a pause in the eternal wheel of life,

and a new cycle begins

A lifetime is simply one moment in eternity

To love is to feel

To love is to accept all there is as it is

To love is to feel complete

To love is know that nothing is missing

For everything is a part of you –

There is no separation

Yet in spite, there is sadness in the heart of love

Because love forever yearns,

It forever ebbs and flows between pleasure and pain

Love it both empty and full

In love you get both laughter and tears

Love is the builder and destroyer of our illusions

And beyond this . . . 

Love is all there is

A heart yearns, a soul ebbs and flows

A dream becomes a reality

Only to discover that reality is a dream

By Toni Carmine Salerno: Gaia: Body and Soul In honour of Mother Nature and the Feminine Spirit

MEDITATION {and tea time!} FOR MOMS: A 4 week series with Lacey Budge ~ January 2017, Espanola

Join Lacey Budge for a 4 week meditation for moms series starting Wednesday January 4th, 2017, in Espanola.

You are important! Start off the New Year feeling grounded and clear. Schedule in one night a week (at least!) where you connect and share with like minded moms, sip on delicious tea and learn meditation tools to bring more stillness, awareness, peace and meaning to your life.

Each 75 minute gathering includes inspiring teachings, Q&A, group sharing, a guided meditation with breathwork and concentration practices…and of course, tea!

The weekly gatherings will take place on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:15 pm. This meditation series is for anyone whether you are brand new to meditation or have a daily practice. Meditation is beneficial to all, not just moms or women, but this will be a great time to connect and make time for self care, whether your child is a newborn, 10 years old or 25!

 

Overview of Teachings 

Week 1: January 4th –  Silence vs Stillness. Finding inner peace amidst the noise and busy-ness.

Week 2: January 11th – Witnessing & Responding (vs reacting to emotions!)

Week 3: January 18th – Living in the Now & Meeting Your Child (and all Beings) in the Present Moment.

Week 4: January 25th – Who are you? Reconnecting with your True Self (beyond your role as a mother, caretaker, wife, career woman…)

Rate

Pre Registration: $50 for 4 weeks, per person

Drop in: $14 per session

Location: 287 Spanish River Drive, Espanola

To Register:

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!