I have been working hard to live intentionally in the past few years. According to the Good Trade blog site, “Intentional living means understanding your fundamental beliefs and values, and then actively living your life in line with those values.” Every time I am thrown off my course and I tumble and fall, I tell myself not to let my feelings rule the day, instead let my values take the shot. Life may not be just black and white; through intentional living, we can choose our values and beliefs, or we can let others control our lives. It should be easy to do that. Is it? Living intentionally is a lifelong practice and requires staying in touch is our values and beliefs.
I have been struggling mentally for years. I always felt that while the whole world was speeding ahead, I was left behind. No matter what I did, I could not shake that feeling of “something is not right”. I got trained in mindful meditation and living in the moment. Nevertheless, I could not get rid of that something wrong feeling. I was less stressed but not mentally free. I can still remember, before taking mindfulness-based meditation training, I participated in a clinical study as an observer.
I was told to close my eyes and let my hand draw whatever it wants, and in turn, activate my creative right brain. I was genuinely surprised when I saw a picture of me with my mouth taped shut while I was wearing a straitjacket. It was then I decided to act. I meditated every day, though exceedingly difficult at first, but with practice, I was able to handle my stress, and how I react to it. I felt free for the first time in my life, but I still could not get rid of the feeling of being left behind. It was not until I learned about intentional living that I felt in control of my life. I have learned that it was not about living minimally but deciding how I react to stressors and hardship. I did not trust my feelings but my beliefs. I started asking why before taking any steps.
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