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Featured Intent: Explore New Things

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Tired of the same old, same old? We’ve probably all been there but the mind is a difficult thing to change. Circumstances aren’t always within our control and that can feel very disabling. At the core, sometimes our greatest fear is that we aren’t capable of change, but what if this year we started thinking about what newness we could welcome into our lives? What new things excite you and get your wheels turning? What has felt impossible and how can you start to move in that direction? Our intent today is to turn our minds to those questions and commit to explore new things in the new year.

You too? Consider these three places for newness in your life: Continue reading

Fall in Love with Something Old/New

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Seth Worley is a writer and director in Nashville, TN who brought the internet and some of his friends classic shorts like Plot DeviceSpy vs Guy, and Super Lion. Combining endearing storylines, sweet soundtracks and usually a fair amount of lasers or time machines, Worley has been creating and producing videos alongside his brother since childhood.  Continue reading

Getting started, again

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We started off the year with high hopes.

We were going to find love!
Start new jobs!
Let go of old hurts!

Now that it’s March, it’s time to do an evaluation.
Are you any closer? Are you have the sort of realistic conversations with yourself that are going to stop you from repeating the same old, same old? Or are you still back in 2013?

I hope as you’re reading this that you are thinking back on the short time since the turning of the year and you’re already proud of how far you’ve come, but in case you aren’t, here are some ideas to help you get back on track.

1. Time to affirm your intent. Remember the feeling and place you were in to make you set a big intent in the first place? Maybe you were worn out. Maybe you were on fire with the passion of a new idea. Even if you’re not in the same place you were when you originally made you’re intent, affirming it means you’re still saying “yes!” to that idea. Regardless of where you are today, you are just as committed to your dream.

2. Set visual reminders. I’m not above taking a page out of a teen girl’s book and leaving decorating my walls with reminders. Whether that’s notes on the bathroom mirror or refrigerator to remind myself of a new mindset or empty boxes in my bedroom to remind me to finally purge my closet of all the things I don’t need, a visual reminder is a tangible shift from seeing things the way they’ve always been.

3. Make an appointment with yourself. A boss I had taught me how invaluable it can be to make appointments with yourself, especially living in our fast-paced culture. You have someone asking you to get coffee (not necessarily a bad thing) and so you look down at your calendar and find an open place. If you’re like me, this might happen half a dozen times in a week and so you keep filling up the open places in your calendar with meaningful conversations and meetings. But then you arrive at the end of the week and realize you’ve left no time for your own plans or progress. Before you make it to Monday, sit down and find a block of time that can be added to your calendar that is reserved for the tasks that are hanging over your head. Writing? Organizing? Going to the gym? Sometimes it feels selfish to save time for you, but you would never tell a friend that making their own positive progress was selfish, so why is it for you?

So where are you getting started?
It’s possible you don’t feel progress being made because you never set an intention to begin with.
Check out this Year of Intent intention made my Mallika Chopra:

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Since originally posting about her new book, Mallika has been updating, affirming and responding to the comments left by other users. It keeps her motivated and, most importantly, focused on accomplishing a satisfying task- her newest book.

If it’s March and you lasted a good week on your resolutions and intentions, that’s fine. We’re here to get you started again.
So, again, I’ll ask where are you getting started?
What’s it going to take to get going?

Interested in checking out other Year of Intent goals? Check them out here.
Then set your own at Intent.com!

Inventor and MIT graduate Pranav Mistry

This is sooo inspiring. The future of computer technology….

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/pranav_mistry_the_thrilling_potential_of_sixthsense_technology.html

At TED India, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data — including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper "laptop." In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he’ll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all.

 

About Pranav Mistry

Pranav Mistry is the inventor of SixthSense, a wearable device that enables new interactions between the real world and the world of data. Full bio and more links

Pranav Mistry’s website: http://www.pranavmistry.com/

23 (Big and Small) Action Steps for Creating New Neural Pathways In Your Brain

Why should we do new things? It keeps our brains fit. It keeps Alzehimer’s, dementia and other mental conditions at bay. Most importantly, it opens our minds to new possibilities and new doorways that we may have never considered before. In other ways, constantly doing new things rather than always doing the same thing over and over again is just more, you know, fun. Duh.

Doing something new doesn’t have to be drastic. Sometimes it is the very minute change that can create the big positive transformation in your life. So try brushing your teeth tomorrow morning with your non-dominant hand and see what new life adventures start coming along your way.

Because really, one should never underestimate the butterfly effect.

1. The next time you’re at a bookstore, instead of perusing the usual suspects in the magazine section, pick up a new magazine title. Bonus points if it’s a completely new genre you’ve never looked into before.

2. Take a detour down a road you’ve never been down before when you have to go places.

3. Go to a restaurant of a cuisine you’ve never tried before.

4. Volunteer at an event–especially if you don’t know anybody there.

5. Try a new shampoo brand.

6. Change your hairstyle: dye it, cut it, grow it out–so long as it’s different from what you always have been doing.

7. For a whole week, don’t check the blogs you always look at. Delete them from your bookmarks if you must to avoid the temptation. Whether it’s for news or for personal entertainment, look at completely new online sources. The same goes for podcasts. Bonus points if the websites are your ideological opposites.

8. Take a class in a new skill at a local community college.

9. Treat yourself to new clothes if you haven’t bought clothes for yourself in ages. Whatever you buy, explore outside the usual color palette you are known for.

10. Listen to music in other languages.

11. Take a road trip to a city you’ve never visited. Better yet, if money and time is no problem, fly to a country you’ve never visited.

12. Make a friend with someone outside of your usual social circles.

13. Eat a different brand of cereal.

14. Buy a new music album.

15. Learn a new recipe.

16. Wear different-colored make-up.

17. Get a new houseplant.

18. Do a new form of exercise that you normally don’t do.

19. Sleep with your head pointing in the opposite direction on your bed. 

20. Donate to a charity you’ve never heard of.

21. Daydream a completely different career possibility.

22. Sit in a different chair at home when you eat.

23. Change your desktop image on your computer.

Got other suggestions for newness? Share them in the comments below.

First Part of the Day in the Life of a (Newly) Spiritual Person.

After reading almost every book on self-help literature for more than two years, I decided that its time to stop reading and start practicing. This is how its turning out.

I wake up in the morning but before leaving the bed, my works starts. Very careful not to let the random thoughts come to my mind, I focus on my forehead, cheeks, lips, neck and go down from there till my feet, imagining a wave of energy going through my body and finally turning it into a full energy circle. My day has started well! (Eckhart Tolle gave this suggestion)

Time to leave the bed now. I feel my feet touching the floor. I take every stop towards the washroom telling myself, "This is all there is…you are only this moment, there is no past, there is no future". In the washroom, I start brushing my teeth, feeling every caress of my toothbrush, not ignoring the wonderful smell. Wonderful smell reminds me of my ex, "my girlfriend told me once that the gap in my teeth is increasing, how could I let her do this to me", STOP!!! What am I thinking! Mental note to myself, "having a thought about my ex". (Suggestion by Byron Katie to identify random thoughts to make them go away). I bring my attention back to my breathing. It works! 

I come out of the washroom and go directly to my laptop. Halfway through checking my facebook when I realize that its time for my morning meditation. So I put on a 10 minute alarm and sit on the couch. Paying attention to my breathing, I think of the things that I want to manifest, admiring my mind for being so focused. Thinking about the new car I want to manifest. The new car, "if the security guard misbehaves me at the office, I will tell the authorities and shout at him", STOP!!! Its 9:10 AM and already I have thought about my ex and the security guard!! Bringing back my mind to the meditation I enjoy the rest of it. As soon as the meditation ends, my creativity is high and I am breathing better. I love it.

My office work starts. I am virtual. I am in bliss, just made a wonderful report, I start thinking about how everyone will like the report and think highly of me (Law of Attraction!) . In 10 minutes, I receive a mail from a colleague telling me 10 things that can be improved in the report. I get angry! Well, I say, the things that he has pointed out are not even important. I prepare a clever reply telling him to do the things himself, the mail will be appropriate because I would be right too. I am about to send the mail when Wayne Dyer comes in front of my eyes and says, "You say you loved ‘Your Sacred Self’, and you are letting your ego run your life? I wrote whole chapters about the ego!". I reluctantly remove the email (save it in draft) and start looking at the suggestions pointed out by the person. Well, he is right about everything. It will make me improve the sheet. I work on it and in the process learn some new techniques and realize that these techniques can be used in making my work more efficient. I reply back thanking the person and showing him the improved sheet. He admires my skills and I thank him again. HA!!! In your face!! EGO- 0  Spirit – 1 !!

Going out for lunch. Have to feel every bite in my mouth and chew it slowly to be in the moment!

 

For the post above and more. You can visit my blog: http://journeytowardshappiness.blogspot.com/

Unwritten, Unpublished, Unstoppable

This blog will chronicle my journey as an unpublished writing hopeful trying to get published.

For the sake of transparency I should note that my portfolio of unpublished work consists of one Wikipedia article I wrote on request for a social justice organization in Toronto.  The article is now in the hands of the organization and I am waiting for the feedback before I upload and proclaim myself published.

Other than that one article I guess I am what you could consider a newbie to the world of published work.  I’ve had a few personal blogs in the past and although I enjoyed writing them they were not the type of blogs I would share with a perspective employer.  Nobody wants to know about the time I started seeing black spots in Yoga class because I wasn’t getting enough protein from my new vegetarian lifestyle (update: I lasted three weeks as a vegetarian – but I will be trying again!) .

This blog is going to focus on the process of writing, my journey as an writer, and my search for inspiration.

I’m going to attempt to reach out to other more successful writers and uncover their keys to success and see what steps I can take to move forward in my journey. If this is something that interests you or you are a writer who has a few helpful suggestions please feel free to leave a comment.  I look forward to writing to you soon!

 

Please support me on intent.com and on my wordpress blog http://chroniclesoftheunpublished.wordpress.com/

Mallika Chopra: Renewing Yourself for Spring

Though it may be a little hard to tell if you are living in Southern California like me, spring is definitely in the air.  Longer days, kids spring break approaching, and more spring outfits (despite a cold spell!) are all signs of change.

While there are many poetic notions of spring and renewal, for me renewal begins in a very practical way — getting my expenses and taxes organized!  As I review the past year and think about the new one, I generally find myself making new commitments, assurances and intents around financial planning.
The longer days and warmer breezes (albeit only slightly warmer in LA) also lead to a motivation to renew physically — through exercise, a new haircut, a change in wardrobe… And a desire to clean house and get organized in general.
This week on Intent, our Intent Voices will be exploring great ideas on renewing ourselves: renew, refresh, recharge, refuel, re-invent—you name it. For many of us, the spring season is an inspiration for some major housecleaning. But maybe it can be as simple as getting a new haircut and a facial. Or maybe it can be as momentous as considering a new hobby, a new career, a new life goal. The sky is the limit!Here are some ways I like to renew whenever I need a quick energy lift (and have the time!):

* Going for an afternoon jog
* Reading magazines outside my usual fields of interest to pique my imagination
* Reconnecting with an old friend on the phone
* Visiting a new museum or park with my kids

* Cleaning my closets, my bookshelves and distributing my clothes and books to cousins, friends and organizations.

 

I invite all of you on Intent to write about your ideas for how you renew or recharge yourself. Tag your posts “spring renewal” and we will be featuring the best blog posts at the end of the week. Many spring blessings to all of you!

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