Intentional Living

Intentional living is the process of actively engaging in your life through action and reflection.  When you choose to become the narrator of your own story, you have the power to determine how you live and walk in this world.  When we live intentionally, we not only free ourselves from artificial ways of living, but we also increase our own happiness.  We are able to live authentically and connect more positively with others.

Many people seek to live and communicate intentionally so that they can move more gently through this world.  But how can we understand and relate to others if we do not know ourselves?  In order to love, value, and empathize with others, we must have love, value, and empathy for ourselves.

“There is an art to facing difficulties in ways that lead to effective solutions and to inner peace and harmony.  When we are able to mobilize our inner resources to face our problems artfully, we find that we are usually able to orient ourselves in such a way that we can use the pressure of the problem itself to propel us through it, just as a sailor can position the wind to propel the boat…Developing skill in facing and effectively handling the various ‘weather conditions’ in your life is what we mean by the art of conscious living.”  (Kabat-Zinn, pg 3)

The Attitudinal Foundation of Mindfulness Practice:

  1. Non-judging
  2. Patience
  3. Beginner’s Mind
  4. Trust
  5. Non-striving
  6. Acceptance
  7. Letting Go

(Taken from “Full Catastrophe Living” by Jon Kabat-Zinn)


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