Live With Intention

Be Well Be Happy

If you are going to live, live with intention.

Live each day with purpose. Open your eyes and choose to be productive, choose to make a difference, choose to care for the people and the world around you. Live intentionally. Say things that you mean; say things that matter. Pursue what you want relentlessly and be unafraid to chase your dreams. Give to others. Love others. Bless others. Live every single day with purpose and passion in mind.

The following poem by Mary Oliver is by far a favorite of mine. Perhaps we could all learn to truly live and be of service in some way or form. Look for the positive forces in life and steer clear of the negative energy that is out in the universe. 


Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.

Meanwhile the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting–over and over announcing your place in the family of things.

The change of seasons always brings up the feeling of opportunity and new possibilities. It’s a ripe time to set new personal intentions for the coming months. The days are getting longer bringing in more light. Perhaps more light to see our “blind spots.” What are we ignoring? Are we able to see our own strengths? What needs less attention? Where is there lack of balance? So much possibility in the answers.

My personal work for the last few weeks has been, “deep listening.” Listening to myself but also listening fully to others and being a student in all situations. This feels right for now. I am biased, of course, but for me practicing yoga is the single thing that helps clear my head and sift through the confusion.

Is it possible to move forward in unity and envision a world full of light and love? With intentions we can move mountains and find clarity in all situations. I have found my truth by listening to the inner knowing. Faith in humanity and a higher source. Breathing in, I know this moment is precious, breathing out, I choose to be here now. This moment, this divine grace. Take time to set your intentions and be free from worry. What exactly do you want from this life? These are some questions I have asked myself in the extended quarantine. The answers are coming slowly. I want to live a life well lived and be loved.

By Helen Kilgallen

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