Tuesday, May 25, 2010

An Intention is a Goal Your Heart Makes, When You're Fully Conscious

This past weekend was my 5th class at The Institute For Integrative Nutrition. I am officially half way through my program.

This is alarming on many accounts...mainly two:
1. Oh My Gosh! I'm half way through, that means there's so little time left and so much more to do!
2. Oh My Gosh! I'm half way through and let me just pause and take a look back at what intentions I made on my first class weekend. (Pause, Reflect) Wow. They have happened. Now what else do I want to happen?

Intentions are tricky little devils. When you make them, it's best to be as specific as possible but also to be realistic. Because, if you truly set an intention and start believing it will come true- you will make it so.

When writing this post, the song from Cinderella "a dream is a wish your heart makes" comes to mind. Remember that one?....I believe the last thing she says prior to singing to those cute little blue birds is "well perhaps, someday..." and then the first line of the song is "a dream is a wish your heart makes, when you're fast asleep."

This is the opposite of an intention. An intention is a set goal with realistic outcomes and even with a schedule. While it worked out lovely for Cinderella and she actually didn't have to wait all that long for what she wanted, this is not the same experience others have with dreaming verses setting intentions. Now please believe that I have nothing against this movie and actually enjoy it but it does paint a bit of an unreachable picture.

I have actually re-written the lyrics for defining an intention, "An intention is a goal your heart makes, when you're fully conscious." Ha, ha- not as romantic perhaps but the truth indeed.

How does one make an intention? Well, this is what I was talking about earlier when I said that they are tricky little devils. The key to intention setting is to really picture yourself behind the wheel so to speak of what you want. At class this weekend Annemarie Colbin founder of Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts told a great story about this guy who really wanted a silver mercedes. He put post its up all over his apartment and pictures of it everywhere, then one day he was driving in his chevy escalade and wouldn't you know a silver mercedes plowed right into him.

Lesson learned- you must set an intention and see yourself "behind the wheel"....sometimes literally.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Living Simply

Wow- this month has been a whirlwind and I am so sad to say that the blog took a back seat for a few weeks there to packing, working, health coaching and transitions galore. But now as I start to settle into my new place which has no more boxes (yay!) and just a little bit more dog hair than usual (living with 2 dogs instead of 1 during springtime shed season is making me sneeze a bit) I am ready to get back to living....with just a few changes.
Spring is a great time to cleanse the body. It is na
ture's time in which we introduce cleansing foods like sprouts and when animals start to lose their excess hair (case and point above) to prepare for the warm summer months ahead. I had a unique opportunity as I was already in the state of cleansing by moving. I thought why just stop with the basics like clothes I don't wear regularly anymore.
I decided to widen the scope a bit and check out what else I should be shedding from my life. It started with cleaning products. I started to check out the labels (I am now a chronic label reader in every sense!) of the cleaning products that I have been using for years and realized that I have been cleaning with very toxic chemicals that I actually want no where near my pets, family or myself for that matter. So when moving in I started to check out what was in other products I realized that I felt better about spending the little extra cash and not having to worry about ever calling poison control.

Some of the companies that I've been investing in are:

So while this blog had originally started out to conquer my fear of foods that were unfamiliar to me I have actually learned a lot more about how to make myself and most importantly KEEP myself and others around me healthy.