About two years ago, I approached my father (Deepak Chopra) with a confession. I told him I was generally exhausted, over caffeinated and my sugar addiction was out of control. I realized I was overscheduled trying to balance my role as a wife, mom, and entrepreneur with Intent.com, my start-up social media company. I felt bloated and had a lot of body pain. I hadn’t been meditating or exercising much, and at night I was having trouble sleeping. My father looked shell shocked, and it took a few moments for him to transition from concerned father to Deepak Chopra, the person that thousands go to for health advice. Continue reading
Intents come from our soul and represent who we aspire to be as individuals, members of our communities and citizens of Mother Earth. Continue reading
Time and experience can tell you that you are definitely able to find yourself alone even in a crowd of people. A city can be just as lonely as the most isolated cabin on the most isolated mountaintop if you aren’t connected and known by people who matter to you.
So often we can assume a lack of effort on another’s part as rejection on ours, but perhaps it is time to consider that we hold the keys to our own happiness and connection.
“I always assume you’re busy.”
“Why did we ever fall out of touch?”
“We think about you all the time, we just assumed…”
Many of us are operating out of assumptions that stop of from reaching out.
We assume someone else is busy.
We assume we’re forgotten.
We assume people have better things going on.
All this assuming has left us tired and disconnected and so, whether we are busy or not, we want to make time to reach out. We want to make time to stay up-to-date with the lives of those who matter to us. We intend to make time for friendship.
You too? Here are some permissions you have when making time for friends: Continue reading
We don’t always associate questions with hard work. We think of sweat, exercise, building, almost anything other than questions but those can be some of the hardest to face. When we ask ourselves the tough questions, there is no place to hide. We can also prioritize everything else above our own reflection time, but there is so much that can feel our of whack when we haven’t taken the time to really examine our real feelings and hopes. It doesn’t appear that there will be a convenient time to ask, so we’re going to set an intent to make the time. We intend to ask ourselves the tough questions.
You too? Here are 3 reasons you should too: Continue reading
We spend a lot of time discussing the mind-body connection, but today we want to focus on the body half. Whether we want to or not, we have to slow down to eat eventually. It is in this simple and basic act that we can help or hurt ourselves, make or break a day. To begin, when we rush through eating, we can eat without realizing how our body is affected. When we skip eating, we deprive our body of vital nutrients to make it through the day. When we binge, we flood our body with excess, making us lethargic and heavy. Prolonged habits can cause lasting damage and much of it can be traced back to eating without fully connecting to the act. Today we want to start a different habit. We will eat with intention.
You too? Here are 3 things to help you do the same: Continue reading
There is so much that makes a human. Muscles, nerve endings, water and blood. On top of your skeleton is a lifetime of experiences, things you’ve heard about what is normal, what you could and should be. They build up and tear down your stature depending on the day. Layered beyond that are our hopes and dreams, what we might become with a little luck and a lot of sweat. This self will come across circumstances, people and opportunities, good and bad, that shape it further. As a result, it may be hard to tell the difference between what is you and what isn’t you. There may be parts of yourself so long buried just waiting for you to reclaim them. So, if your life feels like shoes that don’t fit just right, like you’re wearing someone else’s life, perhaps it’s time to re-evaluate the things you’re counting as you.
We intend to know who we are.
You too? Here are 3 things to help you do the same: Continue reading
How many times have you taken a day off, called out of work, skipped a fun night out because you weren’t just tired, you were done? Taking time for yourself, you thought “Great! Now I’ll be refreshed and ready to take on the world again!” only to find yourself running on fumes, short tempered and miserable days later? What you may be experiencing is burnout. It is a state defined as “emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress.” This can be stress from any arena- family, work, health, you name it. Going full speed, a tumultuous relationship, starting a business in a rocky financial environment, and and all of it can cause you to not only be exhausted. Rather than being seen as a badge of honor, that perceived exhaustion is actually a much more serious state taking a toll on your mind, body and spirit, not to mention your friends, family and those you interact with in big and small ways.
Before we burnout, we want to change our patterns.
We do not want to glorify working til we crash.
We intent to be aware of burnout.
You too? Here are 3 things to help you combat burnout: Continue reading
Practice makes permanent. Not all of us have spent time developing the muscle of knowing what we think and feel in the moment. We’ve found ourselves agreeing to or missing out on experiences that don’t line up with what we want, but that’s a part of growing and discovering who we are. Strengthening the muscle of knowing ourselves can be bumpy. It can mean having to have a conversation twice. It can mean having to change our minds. Those things might feel like our practice isn’t worth it, but push on!
The hope is that you start to know what you prefer. You start to know what truth and authenticity feels like in your bones. We learn not to shirk away when it feels uncomfortable to tell the truth. It is with practice that we grow and and learn. We intend to be honest the first time.
You too? Here are 3 things to help: Continue reading
It was the millionth time in a row of feeling frustrated because plans weren’t settled or what you hoped they would be. It was the millionth time you felt under appreciated and forgotten in the midst of decision making. In the name of team work and collaboration we can find ourselves waiting to know our own feelings or make a decision until everyone else has decided and declared their own. Without realizing, we can find ourselves complicit in the act of not giving ourselves a voice. How does that happen?
Sometimes it feels rude or bossy to know what we want. But who decided that “rude” or “bossy” would be synonymous with know your feelings and intent? How often do we give others the opportunity to decide without judgement? Then why should we not give ourselves the same opportunity? It is far easier to adapt when you know where you stand to begin with, so today our intent is to decide what we want first. Before we’ve heard from the crowd. Before we let someone else decide for us. Before re resent people who have decided.
You ready to do the same? Here are 3 things to consider: Continue reading
When was the last time you went through a solid spring cleaning? Not just your bedroom. Not just the places people can see. We’re talking the deep cleaning. The garage. Behind the appliances. The areas you usually avoid. What about the things that don’t even work anymore- figuratively and literally. Taking a quick inventory, we can often find quick fixes, things hanging on by a thread and unnecessary items collecting dust in our home, but also in our mental and emotional lives. You have a bookshelf but it is full of books you never read and basically serves as an item we avoid having to dust. We have a closet full of clothes that used to fit or we hope will one day fit but no real plan for how to do that.
Our physical space is often time a symbol of what is going on internally. Are there things collecting dusts? Are there problems waiting with no plan of action to move you closer to a solution? You need no special mountaintop moment to begin taking inventory of what works and what doesn’t. Some things are still in fine condition, they just no longer serve where you are and where you are going. This means that a person, place or thing doesn’t have to be bad to be ready to transition elsewhere. It simply means keeping your eyes and your grip open for the purpose of growth.
We intend to release the things that no longer serve.
You too? Here are 3 things to help you do the same? Continue reading