Blog: Intentional Living

Rest, Renewal, and Going Within

I received the Chrysanthemum plant in the picture as a birthday gift three months ago. It was filled with beautiful white Chrysanthemum flowers in full bloom. It was given to me by someone special who knows how much I love flowers. It brightened the room for weeks. I was sad when the flowers began to wither and die. I know it’s a part of the cycle of life; however, it still made me a bit sad to watch the plant transition to its current state.  My sadness has shifted to acceptance and I am now sitting with this beauty each day during meditation as a reminder that winter is a time of rest, renewal, and going within. It is a necessary phase of the cycle of life that requires strength, patience, and trust in the process to begin again.

Each season brings gifts and opportunities for growth as we journey through the year. Winter is a wonderful time of year to commit or re-commit to a daily practice of being still and silent. I invite you to read my post “Give Yourself the Gift of Silence” for inspiration in creating a daily practice. You might want to consider practicing silence in the evening as a bridge to nighttime – a natural time of deep renewal that enables you to begin anew in the morning.

If you are located in the southern hemisphere, I invite you to embrace the essence of the message. Winter is a great metaphor for being still and silent; however, the practice is relevant throughout the year.

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Ruthann

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Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous year! I have included links to posts to help kick off the new calendar year.

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Finish the Year Strong (2022)

In this video, I provide suggestions to bring the year to a close in a way that sets you up for success in 2023.

  • Evaluate progress toward your goals.
  • Celebrate what you have accomplished to date.
  • Complete what needs to be completed.
  • Make room for something new.

I have also included a worksheet that you can download to work through the exercises. You can access the worksheet by clicking here .

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Self-Care Affirmations

Words are powerful! What you tell yourself on a daily basis influences the way you experience your day and your life. Positive “I am” statements are extremely powerful in building and maintaining your self-esteem. I offer three affirmations to begin and end your day as a part of your self-care practice.

☀️ I am worthy

☀️ I am loved

☀️ I am enough

Learn more about affirmations The Power of Affirmations (Video).

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Hello Summer!

June 21 marked the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere. Enjoy the gifts of this radiant season.

Suggestion:

  • Create a few powerful affirmations to align with the energy of season. Learn more about the power of affirmations here.

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Spring Themes

Each season brings gifts and opportunities for growth as we journey through the year. Spring invites us to start fresh, be hopeful, joyful, creative, and open to possibility.

Spring rituals of cleaning and clearing out clutter are great ways to transition into the energy of the season and make room for new beginnings, new opportunities, and new blessings to come into your life.

Questions for reflection:

  • In what area of your life do you feel a desire to start fresh/begin anew?
  • What steps can you take to make room for something new?

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Discern what is true for you

Your intuition is a rich source of information that is always available to you. There are many ways to tap into your intuition. Here are a few:

Questions: Ask your wise self a question and listen [deeply] for an answer. You may receive an answer immediately or it may take a few days or even weeks. Be patient and trust the process.

Silence: Give yourself the gift of silence on a daily basis so that you can hear your inner guidance.

Keep a journal: Put your thoughts on paper without filtering what you are writing. Review and reflect on what you have captured in your journal on a regular basis.

Take action: Taking action on inner guidance opens the door for you to receive more.

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Winter Themes

Each season brings gifts and opportunities for growth as we journey through the year.

Winter is a season of rest, renewal, and going within. This is wonderful time of year to give yourself the gift of silence by creating time in your day to be still and silent. I invite you to read my post “Give Yourself the Gift of Silence” for inspiration in creating a daily practice.

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Ruthann

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Autumn Themes

Each season brings gifts and opportunities for growth as we journey through the year.

Autumn is a season of harvest, reflection, thanksgiving, completion, and releasing/letting go of things that no longer serve you or bring you joy.

Autumn questions:

  • What have I accomplished this year?
  • What didn’t I accomplish that I really wanted to? Why?
  • Who or what has been my greatest blessing? Why?
  • What is complete in my life and ready to be released so that I can embrace the next phase of my journey?
  • How can I release what is complete with gratitude and love?

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Ruthann

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Daily Acts of Faith

I believe the journey of life is a personal journey of faith and process of empowerment.

Simply stated, faith is our ability to move forward with positive expectancy. What is positive expectancy? It’s belief and trust in a favorable outcome.

Faith enables us to dream big, set goals, and trust the process of bringing our dreams to life. It also enables us to stay open to more than one outcome. If things don’t go as planned, trust (a key component of faith) enables us to ask “What did I learn?”, “How did I grow?” and use the lessons learned to keep moving forward in faith that you are being guided to your highest good.

Staying focused on your goals and staying open to more than one outcome is not easy. It requires trust in the process and guidance from within. I believe we cultivate and strengthen our connection to inner guidance through a daily practice of silence. I invite you to read my post Give yourself the gift of silence if you would like to learn more.

So, what are daily acts of faith? They are actions that you take on a daily basis to stretch and grow out of your “comfort” zone. Acts of faith are rooted in a vision of a desired future state.

Suggestion to get started:

  • Think about one area of your life where you feel stuck or discouraged.
  • Envision a desired future state and write it down or find an image that captures what you envision. Give yourself permission to dream BIG.
  • Create a powerful affirmation that aligns with your future state and work with it on a daily basis. I invite you to watch my video on The Power of Affirmations (Video) if you would like to learn more.
  • Each day, for the next 30 days, commit (in writing) to taking three actions to move toward your desired future state.
  • Hold yourself accountable by reviewing your commitments and actions at the end of each day.
  • Create time and space to listen to inner guidance.
  • Assess your progress using this process in 30 days.

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Ruthann

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