What if you had within you to have all the joy, love, happiness that you want in your life?
Sure you think that’s impossible. Society has taught us to look at external sources for our sense of joy, belonging, acceptance, and self-worth. Aren’t we worth while human beings just because we were born? We are here now. Sure, but what’s our purpose? Now what? Some spiritual teachers say our purpose – as humans – is love -pure love. Let’s think about that for a moment. You may say it’s too simplistic, or impractical. But ask yourself this question “When I have been in a state of joy, or love, or happiness, isn’t that when I actually have felt ‘on purpose’ as if I am doing and being exactly where and what I am supposed to be?”
There’s that sense of peace – clarity even!
So we’re on the same page right, you have experienced it, fleeting maybe, then the old stuff creeps back in – anxiety, depression, poor me, I’ll fail, and it goes on and on. What if you had the power to teach your brain to stay ‘on purpose’ – in joy, happiness, and contentment.
You’re thinking ‘Get real, life is not all sunshine and roses!’ Sure, things happen, loved ones die, jobs end, divorce, illness. But what if your set point was not the anxiety, stress, and chaos. What if it was what you want it to be. And when the crisis happens, we cry, get angry, feel hurt – we move through the experience -not get stuck – and then return to who we are a bit quicker.
That sense of peace, stillness amongst the chaos. Sure we’ve seen it in others, even been a bit envious wondering ‘what do they have that I don’t? The Tools!!
All of us have the ability to learn new thoughts, beliefs, ideas, behaviors. Yes, there is commitment involved – no difference than committing to the thoughts of stress and pain but now waking up and being that intelligent creator of your life.
Are you up for it!?
It’s not a magic pill. It will be challenging at times. But think about how exhausting that next diet is, as you’re telling yourself you’re fat, stop being lazy, get going already’. Are you surprised that the diet failed?
“You can’t stress away stress.”
“Your anger cannot resolve the anger of the world.”
“Only your joy, love, compassion will grow more joy, love, and compassion!”
Feel the choice, commitment and conviction when you tell yourself “I am powerful beyond measure, I am braver than I seem!” And choosing not to believe “I’m fat, lazy, no good, worthless, stupid.”
The Big Question #1
Can you commit to your greatness? Only you have that power.
The practice I use to create a shift in my state from stress to peace is called IntenSati. “Inten” comes from the word Intent or intention (one’s plan or purpose). And “Sati” is Sanskrit for Mindfulness. The IntenSati Method is about Intentional Mindfulness. It’s a practice that works your mind, heart (feelings and beliefs) and your body. Our physiology changes based on how we feel and what we believe about ourselves. Recall how you carry yourself physically when you are excited compared to when you are scared or stressed. So we use a physical practice of movements connected with affirmations, which are empowering statements to create a state of acceptance, joy, enthusiasm. What I like most about this practice is the use of these words with the poses. I find myself repeating the affirmations as I go about my day – “I am powerful beyond measure, I am stronger than I think, I am braver than I seem.” It becomes my mantra for the day, and I find myself carrying my body to match those words.
Big Question #2
Do you believe your words can create your reality?
I challenge you to give it a try. IntenSati teaches four (4) aspects of knowledge:
- Gather information: write down and log your current thoughts, what you presently believe about yourself
- Get the body involved: notice how you carry yourself, shoulders back, heart open, stepping with confidence
- Focus your attention: focus on what you want, NOT on what you don’t want.
- Repetition: yes it takes practice and then the brain changes
We have neural pathways in the brain ready for action all of the time. What fires together wires together. So if we choose thoughts of joy, abundance, success, those neural pathways will form differently than thoughts of chaos, stress, sadness.
I hope you are intrigued! Beginning this practice is your opportunity to step into your greatness and see how it feels! Try it on! Experience the power of your thoughts!
For more exploration, I recommend these books:
The IntenSati Method: The Seven Secret Principles to Thinner Peace, by Patricia Moreno
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, by Angela Duckworth
Healthy Brain, Happy Life, by Wendy Suzuki, PhD
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