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Set Your Intents By Finding Your Passion

As you can see, we are already hard at work at making 2014 the Year of Intent. Mallika wrote a blog post about what makes a good intent and how to write it, but how do you find out what your soul desires?

In our experience setting intents from a place of passion greatly increases your odds to stay motivated to manifest your intent. Do you know what your passion is? For some people it’s simple but for a lot of us that question can be kind of complicated. Maybe we know what area interests us – like writing or fitness or helping people, but we aren’t sure how to refine that into one coherent intent. Or maybe you’re still searching for that thing that makes you happy to get up in the morning.

If the latter is the case try asking yourself a few simple questions: In your free time what are you most often doing? Try describing your perfect day to yourself. What are your hobbies? What sort of things make you feel relaxed and at peace? It could be that your great passion is something you’ve never tried before, but exploring the things in your life that make you happy right now are the key to finding your path. If your perfect day includes a lot of being outside then maybe you’re passionate about nature and the environment. Were you doing something like a hike? Then maybe you should consider an intent to hike a challenging trail or to increase your stamina to hike further than you have before. Did your perfect day involve curling up somewhere and catching up on all the reading you’ve been meaning to do? Set an intent to finish the stack of novels by your bed. Or be adventurous enough to try writing one of your own. Maybe your perfect day would be spent with some mystery person that makes you feel special. Set an intent to date more or be more social! Intents can be about anything and can help you reach any goal for yourself. Follow the good feels and you’ll know when you’ve hit the right spot.

Found your area? Great. How do you refine that to a specific intent? It can be overwhelming when you think of all the things you want to accomplish and narrowing it down may seem like an insurmountable task. Take a moment to think. When setting your intent, be brave. Your inner self already knows what it wants, you just have to listen. Don’t be quick to talk yourself out of an intent or a certain goal by saying you can’t get there before you even begin. (On the flipside, don’t create a situation for yourself that really is impossible because you will only be met with the frustration of failing your own expectations. And that sucks.) Be ambitious, but realistic. And remember, we’re here to support you.

If you need a little motivation to remember how awesome you are and your true potential, check out this video. It was created as a response to Nash Grier’s “What Guys Look For in Girls” video, but without the context it’s an inspiring set of words for anyone.

What’s your passion? Tell us in the comments below! 

photo by: AlicePopkorn

How Hiking Could Change The World

Hidden FallsThe time-honored virtues of hiking have never been more apparent than during these challenging economic and social times.  This activity delivers a targeted stimulus to each department of life:

Commerce.  Hiking is affordable in that it can be practiced close to home, saving thousands of dollars on vacation airfare and motels.   On the trail itself, the only hiking costs are footgear — which, if fashionable, can double as street gear –comfortable clothing, and a daypack or backpack, or no pack at all if the trail is a short one.

High-quality information on both human and natural history follows the hiker throughout our park system.  Accurate and well-researched brochures wait in wooden boxes at the head of many trails, while interpretive signs along popular paths explain significant natural features or historic events that took place where the hiker happens to be standing.  The information attains documentary level when combined with personal photographs and often proves nearly impossible to find through other sources.

Health and Human Resources.  A steady uphill hike represents first-tier aerobic exercise.  Carried out in pleasant surroundings, it bears none of the tedium of health club workouts.  The exercise enthusiasm that hiking generates is essential to restoration of our personal health.  The most American model of physical culture, Charles Atlas — and the Governor of California could testify to this — repeatedly preached the connection between mental enthusiasm and successful exercise routines.

Wellbeing.  Hiking not only enervates one’s self, but binds families and couples.  It can be adjusted in terms of difficulty so that women and children are as comfortable with it as men.  Men admire the ruggedness of the landscape, while women appreciate the floral displays and children relish each new sight, smell and sound.

Along our hiking trails, the New World meets the Old World.  New arrivals to America , accustomed to greater physical exertion, find along our trails a way to carry on the walking they practiced in the Old World.  In the high proportion of Asian and South American people along our paths, we are seeing the future of America and witnessing an ancient and enlightened manner of recreating.

Internal Affairs.  Hiking is the one sport avidly embraced by people from opposite political and social poles.  A slender vegetarian from suburban Washington shares a mountain climb in Shenandoah National Park with an Operation Desert Storm veteran.  A fundamentalist church group ascends a Blue Ridge peak because hiking “cleanses the spirit,” and they meet an outing of Unitarian Universalists seeking an activity that “cleanses the spirit.”  They come from the right and they come from the left, and they all gain perspective along the trail.

What distinguishes a hike from a mere walk is its status as a trek during which something is learned.  In Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, about 80 miles from Washington, D.C., the trail follows a steep mountainside where signs convey events from the Civil War — the path where Confederate soldiers marched Union prisoners down the steep slope into the village below, the heaps of native stone piled up by soldiers defending positions.  At the foot of the mountain, the trail incorporates the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal remnants, which once acted as the major trade route along the Potomac River.  Entering town, it passes a marker commemorating a long-ago stop by Lewis and Clark.

One hiker appreciates the rushing sound of the Potomac River.  Another appreciates the spring sun shining on silver maple blossoms.  Another stands at the Lewis and Clark marker and wonders what their hike must have entailed and whether a similar one waits.  In the final analysis, I suppose it is the Department of Internal Affairs that the great sport of hiking speaks most meaningfully to.

Bill Rozday grew up in western Pennsylvania and began writing at 13 years old. His latest work depicts a hike over a California mountaintop once hiked by Native Americans gathering obsidian to fashion into arrowheads.  A poet as well, he has published in periodicals in Scotland and Australia. Bill is the author of
The High Ground Books, a hiking series. For more information visit www.virginpinespress.com.



What Gets in the Way of Your Exercise Routine?

To kick off their journey on 30 DAYS OF INTENT, Natalie and Iman visit celebrity trainer Holly Perkins for a lesson on fitness. They’re joined by YouTube star ExoticJess, and the whole gang goes for a hike in the Topanga Canyon. We interviewed Holly on her favorite fitness techniques and ways of maintaining an exercise routine.

The Chopra Well: It looks like you, Natalie, Iman, and Jess had a lot of fun hiking! What do you think usually gets in the way for people regarding exercise?

Holly Perkins: I find the number one reason why people don’t exercise is lack of time. In truth, no one has the time to exercise; you have to make the time. Interestingly, I believe that a person’s motivation goes even deeper than scheduling. I believe that many people perceive a workout as something that will be tiring and therefore, don’t feel they have the energy for it. In some ways, that person doesn’t really want to workout.

Therefore, a tight schedule serves as a great excuse to not exercise but isn’t the real reason.  The most common reason my clients tell me they couldn’t fit in a workout was time.  But in truth, I know that if he or she really wanted to make it happen, they would. I believe that pretty much every President that we’ve ever had made time for exercise. If the President can do it, so can you.

CW: If you could encourage everyone to change or incorporate one thing to their daily routine and exercise, what would it be?

HP: If could spread some magic around the world I would ensure that every single person incorporated strength training into their weekly activities. I believe that many general aches and pains that folks have come from an inherent lack of structural strength. Stronger muscles equal a more resilient, integrated body.

CW: What’s your favorite form of fitness activity?

HP: My absolute favorite workout is strength training. Specifically, I look forward to my back workouts every week. My life changed when I committed to a consistent strength training program. I also find that yoga is transformational for me.

CW: There’s so much out there regarding exercise and fitness…Some people say we should be doing cardio for at least 30 minutes a day, others say walking daily is good enough, and recently there’s been a hubbub around short bursts of high intensity weight training. How should we sift through all of this?

HP: The wealth of fitness information on the internet is overwhelming.  Sometimes even I have to think through the various implications of advice that I see out there. My suggestion is to keep it simple: 1) Be active – in any form. Once you achieve that, 2) Make sure you have 2-3 cardio specific workouts and 1-2 strength specific workouts each week. The specific program details almost don’t matter as long as you have a mixture of activities, challenge yourself moderately each week, and change up your routine every 2-3 months. Don’t get confused, just get active!

What’s your favorite fitness activity? Let us know in the comments below!

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Other Articles on 30 DAYS OF INTENT:

Is that Obama getting a colonics treatment?! (interview with Iman Crosson)

First Day of Therapy…Broadcast for All To See (interview with Natalie Spilger)

How to Capture the Power of Intention…on Camera! (interview with 30 Days producer, Bristol Baughan)

Improve Each Moment by Noticing Nature

Moments ago I returned from a short hike down a trail that begins just at the edge of my driveway. This beautiful trail loops around a crystal clear alpine lake just above 9000 feet near Nederland, Colorado. The trail took me through old pine forests, lush Aspen groves, and sun-warmed meadows filled with dozens of different types of wildflowers. The weather was spectacular!

I set out on this walk with the intention to just be, to just experience the nature around me, to not concern myself with the names we give things. I wanted to notice a flower without considering whether it’s a Columbine or an Indian Paintbrush.  This is not all that easy. As humans we are pretty well conditioned to label things. We use words to try to define something so our minds can feel like we understand it.

I noticed while on my walk that if I just stopped and gently looked at a flower, or a tree, or a butterfly then I could really feel a connection to it. I didn’t try to call it anything. I just noticed myself with it. There is a deep abiding contentment that arose from doing this. Almost like a meditation.

Labeling things and giving them fancy scientific names is great. It’s part of our human experience to acquire knowledge. But, don’t forget that these labels are just illusions. At the core of everything on my walk today was the simple truth that the "thing" I was looking at was made up of the same stuff that I am made up of; a gazillion sub-atomic particles that swirl around going from no-where to now-here back to no-where in a split second. Those particles dissapear in and out of existence as they journey between our dimension of mass and volume into other dimensions that our best scientists can’t even begin to fathom.

My connection with nature today was memorable. It reminded me of my true-ness and the importance of not forgetting to notice and reunite with the Source of all things.

Next time you have a chance I suggest going for a walk and do your best to just be the noticer of things. I think you’ll soon realize that you are deeply connected to everything you witness.

Sat nam

PHOTO (cc): Flickr / krayker

Mamma Mia! What a Momma Moose!

Last Friday I crossed paths with a VERY large moose on the melting ski trails west of Boulder. A Momma Moose. My three dogs were electrified at the sight of her as she broke out of the woods onto the ski trail. They immediately gave chase. The dogs returned minutes later, eyes blazing with excitement: "You wouldn’t believe how BIG she was!"

It was the first moose I’ve ever seen in Colorado. And it shows what getting up from my desk and out of doors can do. The natural world is full of wonders like this! … Later in the day, a friend called to say that the same moose had wandered downhill to the tiny mountain town of Eldora and was taking a long soak in a small pond just east of town. …

Here’s what a moose looks like, courtesy of PhillyBurbs.com.

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