What do you desire?
There are so many distractions this time of year. Emotions and expectations are high. And I don't know about you, but running around just doing and doing isn't the kind of life I want. Instead, I hunger for connection—real connection—in the midst of it all. Following my hunger leads me to the life I desire.
The truth is, we all have the ability to create what we truly crave. No one will give us the life we yearn for; we have to claim it. So I ask myself, what do I want? What do I really want?
I want connection to my soul and connection to my husband. I want to laugh with my children and feel the joy bubbling up out of the freedom to play. I want deep conversations with my best women—each of them goddesses::: I want to laugh ’til i cry with my sweet mama and to dance in the kitchen just because. I want to help the woman in the grocery store get her cart and feel that being of service is in the daily flow of my day. I want to find the space daily to dive deep into my yoga practice and feel the ecstasy of my soul. I want to create art just because. I want to feel purposeful as I tend to the needs of my life. I want to notice the trees and the moon and the children who are finding their way. I want to feel compassion for the angry and the hardened, knowing that I am them, too. I want to give someone comfort in the way I see them and hold them with my energy.
Oh, blessed am I to ponder such things in a world with so much strife!
Loving this life with its hard and rough bits, while truly holding gratitude through it all, is a challenge for me daily.
I remind myself that by holding the light, we shine.
8 Ways to Cultivate the Life You Truly Want
1. Write it down; dream it up. Write about how your dream life feels and looks. Find inspiration to ignite the truth already living inside your beautiful soul. This quote from Meggan Watterson's book Reveal inspires me and reminds me that the answers lie within: “There will never be a voice outside of you that is wiser than your soul-voice or holds more authority over what is best for you. You need guidance and support not to follow someone else's truth but to remain loyal to your own. The voice that will guide you to your highest potential is within you.”
2. Simplify: take away anything that doesn't light you up. If you have obligations or responsibilities which feel uninspiring, look deep within yourself and find a way to bring them joy.
3. Love yourself. Don't wait for someone else to love you. Don't wait until you lose weight, find the love of your life, or get that dream job. The time is NOW, just as you are. You are enough. If you hold ANY story that gets in the way of you loving yourself, let it go. Rewrite your story.
4. Share yourself. Find your tribe. Listen to your body. If being with someone depletes you, maybe it’s time to take a break. Share your life with others who inspire and uplift you—and give it back to them.
5. Be of service. Taking our attention off ourselves and giving it to others in need fills us up.
6. Create what you crave. Keep it simple. Create community. Host a yoga class in your living room. Take a thermos of tea to the park and bask in the luxury of nature. Whatever speaks to you—create it.
7. Start with small declarations of claiming this life. Put your favorite flower on your desk. Make your bed beautifully—a love letter to yourself. When you slip into your bed at night feel the loving intention this action creates for your body. Whisper thank you to yourself. Wear your favorite velvet dress around the house as you do your daily chores; don't save it for a special occasion. Make your life that special occasion. Be mindful of the ways you speak about yourself and your life.
8. Have a mantra that gets you through the tough spots. Here are some of my favorites.
- *Keep it simple
- *I have everything I need
- *Love this life just as it is.
- *The only thing I have control of is my attitude.
- * Keep moving forward
- “I am the light of the soul. I am beautiful. I am bountiful. I am bliss. I am, I am.”—Nirinjan Kaur, “Heal Me” from her album Adhara.
Annapurna Living was created from my desire to elevate and inspire other women. In doing so I am reminded of my truth—my deepest craving to live my most delicious life.
Thank you for inspiring me.