Blog: Intentional Living

Align your thoughts, words, and actions

ZEN

Align: to change something so that it agrees with or matches something else.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

You can create any experience that you desire by aligning your thoughts, words, and actions. It’s a lot easier said than done, but truly transformative when put into practice.

Thoughts and beliefs are powerful—they create your reality (positively or negatively) each and every day. What you choose to focus on will magnify in your life.

This week, I invite you to identify a quality that you would like to magnify in your life and bring your thoughts, words, and actions into alignment with that quality. For example, if you want to experience a greater sense of peace in your life, think peaceful thoughts, speak peaceful words, and create a peaceful living and work environment.

Spend a few minutes in silence and let your heart be your guide in choosing a quality to magnify. Through this process, you will not only enrich your life, you will enrich the lives of others and the world (yes, the world!). 

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Ruthann

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Be Willing to Change

Blue Butterfly

“How does one become a butterfly?” she asked. “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”

Hope for the Flowers

I recently re-read a wonderful book titled Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus.

It is a light-hearted story about two caterpillars (Stripe and Yellow) and their journey to become butterflies. It has become one of my favorite gift books about trust and transition/letting go.

The process of becoming a butterfly begins when the caterpillar responds to an internal urge to grow and evolve. In order to fulfill its potential, the caterpillar must give up its life as a caterpillar to be reborn and serve a different purpose. As winged creatures, butterflies provide hope for the flowers’ reproduction through the process of pollination.

The journey of the two butterflies in Hope for the Flowers is a great reminder that we too must trust our inner urges/promptings to grow and evolve in order to reach our full potential.

This week, I invite you to pay attention to inner urges/promptings to do something different/make changes in your life and be willing to step out of your comfort zone.

One of the best ways to step out of your comfort zone is to set a goal and immediately take action. Fear of the unknown will keep you stuck until you put fear in its place through action.

The journey of life is a series of beginnings and endings for the purpose of growth and evolution. Our challenge is to trust the process and be willing to let go of the ‘old version’ of ourselves in order to grow.

Old photo

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Ruthann

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Create Your Ideal Day

Sunflower

If you look up the word ideal in the dictionary, you will see synonyms like perfect, flawless, seamless, and impeccable. For most of us, these are words that make an ideal anything seem unattainable. So, you may be wondering why I am encouraging you to create something that is seemingly unattainable. There is a method to my ‘madness’.

The process of creating your ideal day taps into your imagination and opens you to possibility. When you compare your ideal day to  your current reality, you are able to see where changes are needed to make reality more like the ideal. It gives you something to aspire to each and every day.

This week, I invite you to spend some time creating your ideal day. Compare your ideal day to your typical day. Identify 3-5 things that you would like to change and create a plan of action. Small changes on a daily basis can have a big effect.

Consider creating a vision board/visual representation of your ideal day. It is a powerful tool for staying focused and bringing your vision to life through the use of words, images, and symbols. The key is to include words, images, and symbols that are meaningful to you. Keep your board in a place where you will see it on a daily basis. It will serve as a reminder of how you would like to live your life on a daily basis.

What you will need:

  • Your goals/desired outcomes for your day
  • Poster board, cork board, or large piece of paper
  • Glue, tape, push pins (depending on the type of board you are using)
  • Words, images, and symbols that you cut out of magazines and/or download from the internet
  • Colored pens and/or markers for handwritten words and/or images
  • Scissors

There is no right or wrong way to create your board. It is a creative process that produces a visual representation of what you desire for your day/life. Need some inspiration? This link will take you to Google images for vision boards.

Living your life one day at a time will help you stay grounded and present to your life.

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Ruthann

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Be Prepared to Receive

be prepared

Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it.

Maya Angelou

I love this quote by Maya Angelou. It is a great reminder that we should not only ask for what we want, but believe so strongly that it will happen that we prepare to receive it. The degree to which we prepare for something to happen is indicative our belief and trust that it will actually happen.

Making requests/asking for things is a part of our everyday lives. We ask for information, directions, meetings, assistance, etc., on a regular basis without much thought or risk. There are times, however, when we need or want something that is beyond what we can see or control. It is during these times that we often go to a deeper place of asking/ requesting through prayer. When we pray and prepare to receive, we create conditions for what might seem like magic to happen in our lives. 

This week, I invite you to think about the requests/prayers that you have for your life. Are you clear in what you are asking? Do you trust that what you are asking will actually happen? Are you preparing/taking action in anticipation of it happening? Are you open to more than one outcome?

Live with expectancy—ask for what you want and be prepared for it or something even better to happen.

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Ruthann

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First Things First

 

Priorities

Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

First things first is a phrase that basically means things that are truly important should be prioritized over less important things. What are less important things? Whatever you decide based on the type of life that you want to live.

First things first is something we all know, but many of us struggle to put into practice on a regular basis. There is often a gap between what we say is important and what we actually do. Over time, the gap can contribute to feeling inauthentic, inadequate, off track, etc.

Becoming aware of where we have gaps is the first step to creating better alignment between actions and priorities. If you are experiencing a gap between what you say is important and what you actually do on a day to day basis, take a step back and explore the gap. Use what you learn to make changes/ adjustments to your personal and/or professional life.  

Here’s an activity, best accomplished in writing, to get you started:

  • Create a list of 3-5 things that are important to you. Be specific as possible. Put them in order.
  • Reflect on the past three months and record the order in which these things have been a priority in your life.
  • Is the first thing on your list, first in your life? If not, why not?
  • Do the things on your list reflect what you (vs. someone else) want for your life?
  • Identify steps you can take to align your actions with the order of the priorities on your list.
  • Ask someone you trust to lovingly hold you accountable.
  • Take action

Priority setting is an effective tool to create focus in your life. It will help you stay true to what is most important to you.

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Ruthann 

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Listen to Your Life

Listen closelyAre you familiar with the phrase “as within, so without”?  It means your external reality (i.e., physical reality that you see) is a manifestation of your inner reality (i.e., thoughts, beliefs, and emotions).

Your inner reality affects how you live your life each and every day—positively and negatively. Many of us are operating on auto pilot, not fully paying attention to how our inner reality is shaping our lives day to day. If your external reality is not what you desire, take a step back and listen to your life to help you make changes from the inside out.

Questions for reflection (best accomplished in writing):

  • If my life reflects my inner reality, what is my life telling me right now? 
    • You can make this question specific to an area of your life that you would like to improve (e.g., if my finances reflect my inner reality, what are my finances telling me about my thoughts and beliefs about money right now?)
  • What seeds am I planting in my mind? Are they seeds of faith or seeds of doubt?
  • What thoughts and beliefs do I need to replace to create the life that I desire?

Get clear and take action:

  • Get clear as to what you would like to change, why you would like to make a change, how and when you plan to make it happen. 
  • Take consistent action and trust the process.

All change in the physical world begins with a change in your mind. Take the time to listen to your life. It can help you make changes from the inside out.  

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Ruthann

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Ground Your Energy

 

Earth Woman

Living in the here and now is necessary to bring your dreams to life. Check in with yourself on a regular basis to stay grounded and present in your life.

Questions for reflection/check-in:

  • Do I feel comfortable in my body?
  • Do I feel safe and secure in my home?
  • Do I feel connected to nature and the cycles of life?
  • Am I patient with myself and others?
  • Am I able to focus, plan, organize, take action, and trust the process of bringing my dreams to life?

I have listed a few practical ways to help you stay grounded and present in your life.

Cultivate qualities that support your whole life

  • Cultivate patience, structure, stability, and a sense of security in your life.
  • Cultivate daily order and harmony in your life.

Take Care of Your Body

  • Do what you can on a daily basis to maintain your physical health.
  • Love the skin you are in.

Stay open to possibility

  • Create time and space to be still and give thanks for your life.
  • Prayerfully ask “What is possible for my life?”
    • When you ask a question in the context of sacred time, it is no longer a simple question. It is an invocation for revelation. 

Cultivate a deep sense of connection to nature and the cycles of life

  • Spend time in natural settings.
  • Make direct contact with earth – walk on sand, walk on grass.
  • Explore the seasons as a metaphor for your life (example below).
  • Experience sunrise and sunset as often as possible. 

The power to create and change your life is in the here and now. Create habits and practices to help you stay grounded and present in your life.

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Ruthann

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