What does it mean to live life intentionally?
What would your life look like if you were not intentional?
What would it look like if you were?
These questions may seem simple, but they pack a punch.
I invite you to grab your journal & go through them after reading this post, then share with me if you had a breakthrough realization! I love hearing those <3
Living life intentionally, to me, means doing things in life on purpose, to elicit the most ideal experience/feeling you want to have, all while remaining in the now.
I do my best to live this way & I want to share my experience after having been intentional over the past 2 years. I started really diving deep into my own personal reflection & questioning what I wanted out of life in 2018. As I write this at the start of 2021, I am still refining this for myself.
I have a feeling this is something you're always kind of navigating. Because after all, as you age, your priorities should change. You aren't going to be in your 80's & have a new start-up company be your number one priority. You'll probably have your family as your number one priority, or be crossing experiences off the bucket list. By 80, I'm sure you want to enjoy the fruits of your labor, not have the labor be the priority. I digress.
Of course, even though I do self-reflection & question my intentions and do my absolute best to stay in the now... I'm human. And there’s a lot I do unconsciously even when I have the intention to be present. I am definitely not one of those who are able to remain present 100% of the time. I often get to my destination and forget driving there. I often find myself receiving downloads & having contemplative thoughts as I’m walking my dog, not noticing the person trying to get past me. I often listen to podcasts as I’m doing house chores, only to realize that all the chores are finished.
--- Can any human actually stay present 100% of the time? Because as a human, you're innately wired to be unconscious... you can hack the system to do "smart" unconscious things. But as human, we are habitual, and habitual things are done unconsciously... but can they be done intentionally unconsciously, and maybe that's creating those smart habits?? (If you have thoughts on this, I'd love to chat... please message me. This could turn into an Inner Bitch Inner Truth Podcast episode.)
Even though I go unconscious like every other human out there, I still make it a priority to intentionally live in the now.
As much as I honestly didn't resonate with Echart Tolle's message, because I saw it cause a ton of spiritual bypassing, I do understand the teachings he was attempting to get across.
I just think it's more of an advanced book than a beginner's book... but anyway.
The main lesson is that the now is where everything happens - where your self-reflection happens, where you can pay attention to your body, where you can hear what your body has been attempting to tell you, where your body tells you the answers to the questions its been longing to hear; the question it's been nudging your way through various "signs." We only ever have the now. And we should use it intentionally.
My intention for sharing the following story is to show you the power of self reflection, the power of committing to a life of intention.
In 2018, I began asking the questions:
Where it is I want to go, what is my destination?
What kind of life do I want to have?
How do I want to feel throughout my day?