How To Get Everything You Want

How To Get Everything You Want

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What is intention?

The dictionary says intention is "determining mentally upon an action or end result." Basically, in my mind, every single thing you do is a result of intention.

What can intention do?

Absolutely everything.

You can intend to eat. Once you have that set intention, you might stand up (because you intended to), walk to the fridge (because you intended to), and put food in your mouth (because you intended to).

Once that food is inside your belly, the intention you have set for that bite of food is out of your brain and you most likely have already moved on to the next matter of importance. But your body, the part that breathes, heals wounds, and digests food (without you even realizing you're doing any of it) only continues to go through these processes because it intends to itself. How? Because every molecule holds intention.

Feeling confused? Read on.

What responds to intention?

Dr. Glen Reid, a cell biologist, conducted an experiment in 2003 on changes in DNA structure and formation caused by heart-focused intention. His study "reflects heart-brain interactions and autonomic nervous system dynamics, which are particularly sensitive to changes in emotional states." Taking a deeper look, though, he found a link between physiological functioning and sustained, heartfelt, positive emotions.

"The electromagnetic field generated by the heart is the most powerful rhythmic electromagnetic field produced by the body... and can be detected by other individuals and can produce physiologically relevant effects in a person five feet away."

If you have ever heard of the "Heart Intelligence Theory" you will know that the DNA molecules in our bodies have an energetic connection produced by the heart that synchronizes every single cell in your body.

This synchronistic connection is commonly referred to as your higher self, your spirit, your subconscious mind, etc.

How can I use intention to my advantage?

First, you have to understand intention. Modern science is coming out more and more often lately to say that intentions actually do lead to manifestations; In other words, what you think becomes what you are. Because thoughts and intentions are an unseen force, it is commonly criticized and labeled as 'pseudo-science,' but you can make it work for you and see real results for yourself.

I am currently reading a book about how to do this, and it explains the process beautifully:

"If you think negatively, destructively, and viciously, these thoughts generate destructive emotions that must be expressed and must find an outlet. These negative emotions frequently express themselves as ulcers, heart trouble, tension, and anxieties. What is your idea or feeling about yourself right now? Every part of your being expresses that idea."

How does every part of your being express that and why? Because you are putting out negative intention, which your body, your heart, your cells, all take as truth - and they act accordingly.

"Your vitality, body, financial condition, friends, and social status represent a perfect reflection of the idea you have of yourself."

So, if you think thoughts like,

"My life sucks,"

"OMG, I'm going to get sick,"

"I have no time for anything,"

your entire being accepts these thoughts as reality. Therefore, you begin to hate your day-to-day schedule, your immune system weakens and causes you to get sick, and you become increasingly stressed and busy.

Even if you jokingly say things like, "I'm broke," it is so important to remember that your body, your soul, your subconscious mind, does not understand sarcasm! Be careful what your feed yourself.

Fortunately, the opposite is also true!

You can state things that are completely false, and your body will believe it. For example, my bank account was running low recently and, despite the clear lack of money, I kept telling myself, "I obtain everything I need and money just comes to me." That same day, I got a free coffee and won a gift card.

These are another two of my favorite examples, and you can try these for yourself, which is why I love them so much.

Have you ever woken up right before your alarm goes off and thought about how crazy it was that that happened? That is not coincidence, it is synchronicity; the work of intention.

Before you go to bed tonight, try laying down, relaxing, closing your eyes, and focusing all your love and intention on waking up at a specific time. Tell your body, "I will wake up at 9:00 a.m." or whatever time you are aiming for.

Another example that works wonders in my life is using intention to get a good parking spot. (Especially at TCU, parking is a nightmare.) On your drive to school or the store, imagine yourself pulling up to an empty space right up front. Imagine the excitement and relief you feel as you see this spot just waiting for you. Make it real in your brain and feel it in your heart, and your whole entire being will react.

Chances are, you will pull into the parking lot and - what do ya know - someone is backing out of a spot, leaving it open just for you. Perfect timing. What a coincidence right?

Nope.

That was all you.

"Am I intending hard enough?"

Many people get stuck on trying to have certain intentions, and intending to have good intentions, as if it is hard work.

An intention is not something you have to develop. Like I said at the very beginning of this article, if you walk out the back door, it is because you had the intention to walk out the back door. Did a thought pop up in your brain and say, "Oh, I am using intention right now," or, "Am I intending to walk to the door hard enough?"

No! You would never stop halfway there and think, "Damn, I don't think my intentions are strong enough or clear enough."

Your body literally breathes, digests, and heals all by itself. The universe knows what your intentions are, and there is no need to force it.

There is no way to 'intending better' or 'intending harder' or 'intending clearer.'

You just do it.

What is my intention here?

I, right now, am intending to help anyone and everyone that happens to come across this article, especially in the wake up the horrific things happening in the world today.

I want you to start thinking more positively, so your body becomes healthier, your relationships stronger, your life more abundant.

I intend to teach others (as well as constantly remind myself) how to create the life they desire using the least amount of effort as possible. I intend to spread a body-engulfing feeling of love and happiness, and of serendipity, and I am sure that many of you will feel it as you read this sentence, because I am filling these words with loving intention.

And I want people to realize that intention is not confined to a certain person, place or thing. You can put your positive intention into words, you can spread it through physical touch, or you can spread it through objects. What I mean by this is, you can literally put an intention of love into a penny, and the next person who picks up that penny, will immediately have that intention flow into them. (Remember how I said molecules hold intention? And every thing is made up of molecules? Yeah, pretty cool.)

Now that you've probably seen the word intention more times than you thought you would today, I hope you go out and practice, as well as go within and practice.

Envision yourself in perfect health, and your cells will react.

Recreate the feeling of joyous friendship, and joyous friendship will come to you.

Whatever it is that you desire, make it happen. It might take time and practice and repetition, but I promise that as long as your intentions are pure and positive, so will be your life.

Now go make magic.

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To All The Nurses In The Making

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I bet you’re taking a break from studying right now just to read this, aren’t you? Either at the library with friends or in your dorm room. Wherever you may be, you never get the chance to put your books down, at least that’s how it feels to most of us. It sucks feeling like you’ve chosen the hardest major in the world, especially when you see other students barely spending any time studying or doing school work. The exclamation “You’re still here!” is an all too frequent expression from fellow students after recognizing that you’ve spent 10-plus hours in the library. At first it didn’t seem so bad and you told yourself, “This isn’t so difficult, I can handle it,” but fast-forward a few months and you’re questioning if this is really what you want to do with your life.

You can’t keep track of the amount of mental breakdowns you’ve had, how much coffee you’ve consumed, or how many times you’ve called your mom to tell her that you’re dropping out. Nursing is no joke. Half the time it makes you want to go back and change your major, and the other half reminds you why you want to do this, and that is what gets you through it. The thing about being a nursing major is that despite all the difficult exams, labs and overwhelming hours of studying you do, you know that someday you might be the reason someone lives, and you can’t give up on that purpose. We all have our own reasons why we chose nursing -- everyone in your family is a nurse, it’s something you’ve always wanted to do, you’re good at it, or like me, you want to give back to what was given to you. Regardless of what your reasoning is, we all take the same classes, deal with the same professors, and we all have our moments.

I’ve found that groups of students in the same nursing program are like a big family who are unconditionally supportive of each other and offer advice when it’s needed the most. We think that every other college student around us has it so easy, but we know that is not necessarily true. Every major can prove difficult; we’re just a little harder on ourselves. Whenever you feel overwhelmed with your school work and you want to give up, give yourself a minute to imagine where you’ll be in five years -- somewhere in a hospital, taking vitals, and explaining to a patient that everything will be OK. Everything will be worth what we are going through to get to that exact moment.

Remember that the stress and worry about not getting at least a B+ on your anatomy exam is just a small blip of time in our journey; the hours and dedication suck, and it’s those moments that weed us out. Even our advisors tell us that it’s not easy, and they remind us to come up with a back-up plan. Well, I say that if you truly want to be a nurse one day, you must put in your dedication and hard work, study your ass off, stay organized, and you WILL become the nurse you’ve always wanted to be. Don’t let someone discourage you when they relent about how hard nursing is. Take it as motivation to show them that yeah, it is hard, but you know what, I made it through.

With everything you do, give 110 percent and never give up on yourself. If nursing is something that you can see yourself doing for the rest of your life, stick with it and remember the lives you will be impacting someday.

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17 Ways To Practice Self-Care When Face Masks And Bath Bombs Aren't Doing The Trick

Sometimes self-care needs to be a little more intensive than a trip to Lush.

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Self-care is a growing trend that seems to mostly consist of bubble baths and face masks. While I certainly love some "me time" and treating myself to my Glossier masks and a Netflix marathon, I think it's important to remember that "treating yourself" is not necessarily the same thing as self-care.

Self-care looks different on everyone, and I'm not here to tell people how they can or can't take time for themselves. I've simply come to realize that as a person with mental illness, sometimes my self-care needs to be a little more intensive and regimented than a trip to Lush.

1. Keep yourself hydrated

It's something small, but drinking an adequate amount of water can dramatically impact your physical and mental wellbeing. Though exact numbers differ, it's commonly recommended that we drink two liters of water per day, or eight 8-ounce glasses. Even if everything else in the world feels too difficult, just try and remember to keep a glass of water near you.

2. Sleep

Sometimes, the best thing you can do for yourself is catch up on sleep. Poor mental health can severely disrupt sleeping patterns, so allow yourself time to simply rest. This is something that's personally difficult for me because when I allow myself time to nap, I feel guilty for not doing something more productive. But that fact is that in order to truly be productive, you need to allow your brain and body time to recharge.

3. Practice journaling and reflecting

This may sound cliche, but taking a few minutes out of each day to reflect can help track your mental health progress and patterns. I keep a mood tracker for myself in the back of my planner, and comparing that to my daily reflections can help me identify emotional or environmental patterns that trigger my mental health flare-ups.

4. Go for a walk or a drive

Even when you don't feel like it, it's so important to give yourself time each day to get out of the house. Whether that means taking your dog for a walk or simply driving a few minutes down the road to get a coffee, make it a goal to leave the house at least once a day. This also requires that you be conscious of your personal limits, so never get behind the wheel if you feel like you're a danger to yourself, and always tell a friend or family member if you're going out so someone knows where you are.

5. Read

Reading is a great way to slow down and get out of your head for a little while. TV and movies can do the same thing, but sometimes you need to give your brain a break from screens.

6. Do yoga

Nowadays, you don't even need to head downtown to a yoga studio to squeeze in a good yoga session. Heck, even my Amazon Alexa offers yoga practices. Yoga is a great way to exercise your mind and body, and with so many variations and flows available, there is truly a pace for everyone. I recommend Yoga With Adriene, a free YouTube channel offering numerous yoga practices for LITERALLY everything and anything you may be feeling physically or emotionally, including yoga for depression, yoga for nurses, and yoga for text neck.

7. Make a therapy appointment

I am of the belief that if you have access to therapy, take advantage of it, even if you think you don't need it. If you're already in therapy but haven't gone in a while, schedule an appointment. Making a therapy appointment is the first thing I do on self-care days because I know that even if I don't want to go, my brain could use it.

8. Meditate

Another cliche, but meditation can be incredibly beneficial to people with mental health problems. It's an easy way to slow down, ground yourself, and check in with your mind and body. I have been using the Calm app for a few weeks now and would highly recommend it for meditation beginners. I've found it especially useful for when I'm feeling anxious as it helps ease my racing thoughts and focus on my breathing.

9. Make positive affirmations in the mirror

Sounds cheesy, but just give it a try. Self-care means reminding yourself that you are worth the time and energy it takes to heal, so speak kindly to yourself and remember that your life is worth cherishing.

10. Do a phone detox

It's easy to get wrapped up in the chaos of group texts, social media, overflowing inboxes, and Snap streaks when you're on your phone 24/7. For me, my phone is definitely a crutch I cling to in order to distract myself, and I know that isn't healthy. Allowing yourself a phone detox gives you a chance to come back to the present and focus on your immediate surroundings. The texts and emails can wait, but your mental health can't (just be sure to notify people if you won't have your phone on you for a set period of time).

11. Take time to shower and groom yourself

Face masks and bath bombs can sound boujee when you're in the middle of a depressive episode. Like...no, Karen, a trip to Lush is not going to cure my depression, but thanks for the suggestion. But it is important to maintain your physical wellness because these are often the first things to go when you're feeling mentally drained. It may feel impossible, but make it a goal each day to shower, brush your teeth, and brush your hair, even if that's all you can do some days.

12. Make sure you're getting proper nutrients

When you're feeling mentally unwell, remember to start by fulfilling your physiological hierarchy of needs. Before you can enjoy a spa day or shopping spree, make sure your body is physically capable of carrying you around in the world by eating a nutritional diet and taking any vitamins or supplements you may need.

13. Record advice for yourself for when you have bad mental health days

This takes a little bit of planning in advance, but on good mental health days, try recording yourself giving love and advice to your future self on bad mental health days. It's so easy to get caught up in listening to the negative thoughts about yourself when you're having a mental health flare-up, but those thoughts are lies. Know that good-mental-health you would not lie to bad-mental-health you and keep these videos as a resource for when your negative thoughts become too much to handle.

14. Be honest with the people around you

Sometimes, self-care means letting people know that you are not OK and you need help. Have a circle of people who you can trust to look after you when your mental health takes a turn. Depending on your relationship with the people you work with, this may even mean sitting down with your boss to discuss what you need when you aren't feeling well or having a coworker you can reach out to who can help you with your workload.

15. Clean your living space

Your environment has a huge impact on your emotional wellbeing. Your physical living space is an embodiment of your mind, so if your room is dirty and cluttered, you're not doing your brain any favors. Try cleaning your sheets, cleaning out your closet, and working more light into your room.

16. Make a doctor's appointment

If you have the resources, try scheduling an appointment to check in with your doctor, especially if you're more than a few years overdue for a physical. You may hate it, but it really is important to keep up with your health. A trip the doctor can help pinpoint certain things that may be affecting your mental wellbeing, as well as help you get on the right medications and supplements for your brain and body.

17. Allow yourself to be broken, but don't let yourself stay that way

It's OK to not be OK. You're allowed to break down, spend the day in bed, and let yourself be a little broken. What isn't OK is letting yourself stay that way for too long. Know when it's time to reach out for help and remind yourself that you owe yourself the chance to get better. You are worth it.

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