Empathy is defined by Merriam-Webster as “the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner.”
The action of understanding is an interesting sentence. It reminds us that it is an act, it is a choice. It’s not a thing you should consider yourself exempt from. It’s not that some people are empathetic and some people aren’t. It means that, for the most part, empathy is a trait you can choose to develop. Today our intent is to practice empathy.
And why does it matter at all? Continue reading
We know you’re all out there changing the world, but if we’re going to do this thing, it’s going to start by getting ourselves centered. We want to begin this day with a time of meditation and focus because when we start the day with intention, we are much more likely to accomplish our greatest desires. So what does starting with meditation look like? Does it mean candles and chanting? Do you need to have a fog machine? Meditation doesn’t have to be an other-worldly experience. It can be a quiet 10 minutes in your favorite chair first thing in the morning. Our intent is to start our day with meditation and breathing.
You too? We’ve got 3 things to help: Continue reading
We’re so excited about the potential of the coming year. We’re standing on the edge picturing all it could turn out to be! It could be the year that we step out in courage. It could be the year that we start working on something amazing. It could be the year we finally find the peace that has been eluding us. That is why we want to choose to live big. Our intent is to lean into the big dreams and plans we have. We’re going to live big!
What does that even mean? We’re not talking living expensively. We’re talking about believing and hoping in a brand new realm.
Here are 3 ways to jumpstart your big dreams! Continue reading
When I was a boy and I would see scary things
in the news, my mother would say to me,
“Look for the helpers.
You will always find people who are helping.”
In a time that can feel so unsteady, it can also feel difficult to focus on anything beyond ourselves and what is right in front of us. Managing the chaos in our own homes or offices might be overwhelming enough, and we understand that, but sometimes the key to alleviating some of that anxiety is finding a place where we can help. We don’t have to or want to feel paralyzed. Instead, we want to notice the needs and get going, whether they are inside our home or somewhere still unknown to us. Our intent of the day is to notice the needs.
Here are some needs you might not know about that could use some helpers today:
- UNICEF and the work their doing for children around the world.
Most of us are already familiar with the name, but did you know that UNICEF raises money and works on behalf of the rights of children in 190 countries and territories? This includes everything from education, healthcare to meeting basic human needs. How can you help? Of course, it takes funds to make all this happen you can certainly give. You can also give! Find out about giving or going with UNICEF here!
- Yoga Gives Back and the work their doing to help women in India build sustainable lives for the price of a yoga class.
Yoga Gives Back is an LA organization that seeks to mobilize the yoga community to use their practice and their passion to help women on the other side of the world end the cycle of poverty and discrimination. Through sponsored yoga classes, you and your community can pass the goodness on to women whose lives may be forever changed.
- The ASPCA and their work to end animal cruelty and find a home for every homeless pet.
The ASCPA does work for a group of individuals who can neither speak up for themselves nor do anything to repay you. Dealing with both cases of cruelty and homelessness, the ASPCA rescues, restores and relocates animals who deserve much better than they have known. This organization is looking for volunteers, for donations, for your story and even for you to add a pet to your family! Want to get connected? Here‘s how you can!
2016 was a particularly stressful year for many of us. Families and friends were divided politically, socially, geographically and that can force us to reconsider all we took for granted and expected from our relationships. What if we don’t agree? What does that mean for all of us? While this can feel scary, we want to consider a different and more empowering question. What will love look like when it’s full of intent?
We are excited about the opportunity to take an active role in deciding what love will look like for us. We are excited to be purposeful when it comes to loving those around us and beyond. To love with intent is to give our best effort at making a difference.
Today our intent is to decide what love will look like for us.
You too? Consider what it’ll look like to love these 3 groups of people in your life: Continue reading
New Year – a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.
– Alex Morritt
The year is currently a blank slate laying in front of us, which can actually be a very daunting thing. What story will you write?
There are the things you should do…
The things you could do…
The things you want to do.
Likely the truth of what you’ll put down on your pages is somewhere in the mix, but where do you start? Have you considered what you love? We don’t always think about it. The things that make us come alive can feel like things that should be preserved for personal time, but what if those are the things that we should spend this year investing in? Instead of saving it for the spare moments, perhaps it’s time to operate our of our love and passion. So what is it? If you have no clue or don’t remember, now is a good time to dig in!
Our intent? It’s to find the thing that excites us! You too? Here are 3 things to help: Continue reading
Getting back into the swing of things can be tough. If you’re anything like us, you’re tired, you miss your routine, you probably developed a habit for eating sugar every 45 minutes or so… In an effort to live lives of intent, we want to make sure we’re focused and acting with purpose. This means we want to face our time wasters head on. So what are the things that are intentionally or unknowingly taking all your time or providing distractions? Are you trying to escape or are you getting sucked in? Our intent is to identify the time wasters. You too? Here are 3 places to check yourself: Continue reading
I am never five minutes into stripping the clutter from my life before I start running into
the clutter that is my life.
It’s funny how our home space says so much about our brain space. For some, the clutter in their brain is the opposite of their spotless home. For others, the exact opposite. For still others, the clutter they feel is exactly the picture you discover when you enter their living space. Sometimes the overwhelming feeling can feel very debilitating. Sometimes it’s the weight that keeps you from feeling like you can dive into something new. There is something important about the practice of deciding what needs to move forward with you and what needs to be let go that extends beyond just getting rid of stuff. Either way, cleaning house figuratively and literally is a great task to take on as you prepare for a new year!
Our intent of the day is to clean house! Thinking about it? Here’s why it’s good for you! Continue reading
You might be on vacation but it doesn’t mean you’re coming back refreshed. If you spent your time with family and friends catching up on all the things you miss year-round, you’re not alone. If you’re anything like us, you’re exhausted and that is no way to enter a new year. We’re going to spend the last few days of 2016 trying to catch up on some zzz’s so we enter the new year ready and rested.
You too? Let us help you get a little rest: Continue reading
Holidays can be tough. Post-holidays can get harder.
The likelihood that you will bump into (or be) someone extra sensitive, overly anxious or unnecessarily upset is at an all-time high and our first reaction might be to match their emotional level. You feel justified in lashing out or shutting down, but is that really the best way to navigate this situation? Perhaps what everyone needs is a little extra dose of grace and kindness and where better to get those ingredients than you? Today our intent is to be a little extra kind.
You too? here are some ways and some reasons: Continue reading