The Power of the Heart

We often hear this when faced with a decision - "will you follow your heart or your head?" In other instances we might hear the cliche "the heart wants what the heart wants." But for all the colloquialisms around the wisdom and guiding powers of the heart, what do we truly mean by assigning more than just physiological traits to this vital organ? How have we come to think of the heart as beyond physical? A few quotes from icons that over the years have taught us to connect with our hearts might help us "get to the heart of the matter"...

On the power of the heart

"Getting in touch with your heart is like plugging into that universal consciousness or spirit. Your heart is a little computer that plugs into the cosmic computer where everything is inseparably one." - Deepak Chopra

"When you listen to your heart, you are able to open the door." - Paulo Coelho

"The heart points to the most essential dimension within you, and not to be connected with that, and to live your life as if that dimension didn't exist, is really missing the very purpose of your life on earth, no matter what you achieve outwardly." - Eckhart Tolle

"The truth of who we are is the truth of the heart, the truth of who we are is the love that lies beyond the body." - Marianne Williamson

"I believe the heart is the most forceful, impactful element in our lives. I believe that the heart helps us to understand who we are, where we are, and how we are." - Maya Angelou

*Quotes excerpted from The Power of the Heart, by Baptist De Pape

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3 Ways to Start Your Morning Mindfully

Here on the Intention Blog you will hear time and again that the best way to start the morning is with a meditation practice. Whether that is mindful breath at your first start or a yoga sequence to get moving, waking mindfully is a coveted little luxury. But did you know that there are a multitude of ways to be mindful that do not involve meditation at all? Here are three alternative ways to start your morning mindfully.

Creating ritual through a morning cup

Choosing an aromatic tea blend, brewing a kettle and carefully steeping in just the right time - this is a ritual. Think of the steps needed to make your favorite pour over brew, matcha, chai, or warm turmeric milk. Each is deliberate and a balancing act. This ritual when done fully immersed in not perfection but attention is a way of being mindful. It can actually get your mind to slow down by holding your thoughts on the act at hand rather than the to-do of the day ahead. And how satisfying is that first sip!? Taking it in, fully

Get Outside

For most, as soon as we hit the door and head outside in the morning the daily grind begins. The commute, the workday, the errands, the demands. Take that moment back for yourself. Start a morning habit of getting outside just to pause, take in a breath and feel the first daylight, and maybe even water a garden plant or two. This can be in your backyard, front steps, opening the picture window to your bedroom.The purpose is just to take that first moment you step into the world outside your home and comfort zone, in a way that puts you in a collected and grounded space. There isn't anything pulling you into a busy rush. You are just taking in a new day.  

Journaling and Inspirational Reading

A morning journal ritual can be a rewarding way to set your intentions for the day and capture how you are feeling and thinking. The daily mantra download here on the Intention Blog can help you get past any writers block and make this an enjoyable practice. This journal is a place to free-write without judgement, it is an honest reflection for your eyes only. If writing may be too ambitious a task first thing in the morning, try picking up an inspirational read. Start your morning with feel-good words that leap off the page and stay with you throughout the day. Remember you will write your story today, so give it to yourself to start it on a high note.

Do you have a mindful morning ritual? Please share it in the comments below!   

3 Reasons To Pursue Your Creative Passion Projects

Creativity = Productivity = Success

Often times people use their day jobs, and lack of time outside that commitment, as an excuse not to pursue creative projects. But nurturing your creativity can actually give you an energizing boost that finds its way into higher productivity in your work commitments. And what's even more beautiful, work and creativity don't necessarily have to be separated these they can be complementary. The innovative and successful business icon Richard Branson built the Virgin empire around purpose-driven principles, one of which is that creativity is essential to business success. He said, "A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts."

Wellness Benefits

When you create and finish a project there is a calming sense of "done" and accomplishment that accompanies the work. And, as it turns out, the worriers and over-thinkers of the world tend to be creatives. If you are a perpetual to-do list creator and checker, than sure enough that gratifying sense of "done" must speak to you. Why not try it on for size? Give yourself a breather while pursuing your creative passion project and a well-deserved pat on the back when you get to "done." Your well being and positive state of mind will flourish because of it.

A Fulfilled and Fun Life

Your days are yours to fill with what puts you at your happiest. And when you're putting in the work to create a fulfilled life, the rewards are yours to attract. There are only 24 hours in one day, 7 days in one week, 52 weeks in one year. How would you want to spend your time? How much of that time should pass you by before you reclaim it to live a fulfilled and fun life. You owe it to yourself to support and empower your creative desires!

“But the idea that an artist needed to suffer to do her best work was a conceit of the young and inexperienced. The happier she grew, the better she wrote.” - Dean Koontz

As always, thank you for visiting The Intention Blog. Do you have a creative passion project, share it in the comments below!

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