I just spent the weekend with some wonderful women who work in Post Secondary Education in BC. Their organization is called WPSE Women in Post Secondary Education. We spent a couple of days at a glorious location called Halcyon Hot springs. It is about 35kms north of Nakusp BC in the East Kootenays.
I had asked if I could bring my girls, as I had been on the road a fair bit already this month and wanted to spend some time with them. So along with my dog Gabby, my daughter Josee and her best girlfriend Marilyn, we set off for what I thought was going to be a 3 hour drive out to the Kootenays, and well, 5 hours later we arrived at the resort. What I found the most surprising when we arrived was how these women just took us all in. Girls, dog and all. We were welcomed. So we had a lovely dinner with these women and headed off for the hot baths to soak off the road trip.
These women had spent a full day before we got there putting their “Intentions” on paper. I was very inspired by how transparent they all had been, how mindful and quite frankly soulful.
So here is my wish for you. I want you think about what intentions YOU want to set for this coming summer? Because we have to set an intention before we can put it into our mindfulness of each day. So let the question percolate with you for a few moments. How do you want to see your summer unfold? What do you want to try? How do you want to operate in your day to day life? And how is that going to show up for you each and every day? And do these intentions of yours reflect the values that you hold for yourself?
Given the craziness of life, there’s never been a more important time to dream and setting your intention is the first step. This economic “time” we are experiencing is just a great big opportunity to re-think how we want our lives to look. I have a saying that I borrowed from my trip to Spain “So’ Caprichos” Only Dreams. So think about your intentions as your Caprichos.
It’s time to change the way we think and speak about our dreams. Transforming a relationship, your body, your spirit, just like manifesting a dream, begins by setting an intention. Your intentions will assist you in taking greater control of your life.
According to Marcia Wieder, (America’s Dream Coach), a working definition for intention is: “to have in mind a purpose or plan, to direct the mind, to aim.” Lacking intention, we sometimes stray without meaning or direction. But with it, all the forces of the universe can align to make even the most impossible, possible. My intention is to transform the conversation around dreams from fear and doubt, to hope and possibility, followed by action and results.
Some might say this is not the right time to dream. The media and masses say, “It’s time to be realistic.” Consider this. Without our dreams all we have is our present reality. Reality is not a bad thing. We have to know where we are so we can design the appropriate strategy for getting to where we want to be. The challenge is our attitude around “reality” and being “realistic” and what being realistic has cost us. Often that’s our passion and joy, our hopes and dreams, our Caprichos
When should you set an intention? You could set an intention every day. I like setting intentions a few months at a time. Your intention could be to work less and make more, or to find a new career that you are passionate about. It could be to get healthy and physically fit, or to spend more quality time with loved ones or alone. It can be specific and about something in particular or more like a quality, such as to be more relaxed or involved with life.
People set intentions on all kinds of dreams; to get married or have children, to get a job or make a career change, to write a book, lose weight, or move to a foreign country. When you set an intention and then act on it to demonstrate your commitment, amazing things occur. Intention can also give us fortitude for dealing with the road bumps that will inevitably come along.
· Before you get out of bed, you can intend to have a fun or productive day.
· Before you leave the house, you can intend to have quality time with your family or roommate.
· Before you start your car, you can intend to have a safe ride to work.
· Before you enter your workplace, you can intend to learn something new or be helpful.
· Before the meeting begins, you can intend to be brilliant or calm.
So what do we do when we get frazzled? Well I have started a program called my weekly Re-Set. Once you have you intentions clear in your mind and even better written down, when the Shift hits the fan, then all you have to do is a mental “RE-SET”. Back to how you want to be operating. The visual re-set will re-align how you really are and want to be. You can sign up for my weekly RE-SET at www.lindaedgecombe.com and even better order my RE-SET Kit at http://www.lindaedgecombe.comstore.php
1. Get clear about something you want and write it down.
2. Share your intention with someone in a way that will supportively hold you accountable to taking action. With no guilt attached to it.
3. Do something today to demonstrate your commitment to your intention. Basically MOVE on something around your goal.
4. Acknowledge that you did what you said you would and then, take the next step. We need to celebrate our benchmarks and milestones more. It is OK if the intention changes as you move towards your goals. You will learn things about yourself you did not know before you took the first steps.
Keep me posted on the intentions you are setting for yourself. How will this summer unfold for you.