WHAT EXACTLY IS INTENTIONAL LIVING?
What better time than the beginning of a new year to contemplate
what it would mean to live life intentionally? "What exactly
is intentional living?" you might ask. We believe that
intentional living consists of a two-step process including 1)
consciousness and 2) intentionality.
Consciousness involves first becoming and then remaining aware
of our external surroundings as well as our internal processes. In
becoming aware of our external surroundings we might stop and ask
our self "What am I doing or saying, and with whom?" Our internal
processes might be addressed by such questions as "What am I
thinking/feeling about what I am doing/saying?" or "What is the
meaning/purpose of what I am doing/saying?"
Intentionality is simply being very selective and pro-active
about our actions in regards to our conscious awareness. In
awakening our intentionality, we move from a place of "knee-jerk"
reaction to a place of chosen response. In so
doing, we are less likely to do or say something we may regret
Here are some tips on how to live with intentionality:
1. Remember that you are responsible for monitoring
your own behaviors, attitudes, intentions, motives, language, etc.,
not those of anyone else. In doing so, you will gain
new insight about yourself.
2. Assume that others are operating from a place of
good intention. No one is perfect. Be gracious with
others as we are all prone to make awkward mistakes in our
interactions with each other.
3. Speak with sensitivity to another.
In this manner, humbly share your truth with this other, realizing
that your truth is a perspective, not The
4. Listen with respect to another.
Honorably strive to hear what the other person is
expressing versus mentally formulating your response.
5. Honor your own integrity by
refusing to resort to name-calling or negative labeling of
another's behavior or attitude.
6. Close each day with some expression of gratitude
to yourself for choosing to make a commitment to live
a life of intentionality. The choice to do so is one that requires
courage in the face of vulnerability, and that is deserving of
affirmation and validation.
Intentional living is an on-going process that requires us to
remain mindful of our surroundings and how we choose to interact
with others in our world. It calls for us to act from a place of
personal integrity, constantly holding ourselves accountable for
our own behavior and attitude. If we can do that then perhaps we
are more likely to live a life with emotional and physical
health, finding hope in our future, and
experiencing the happiness that living in harmony
with others brings us, all the while finding humor in our