The Power of Intention Setting

I’ve been setting intentions during the past few new moons and it is crazy how things have manifested in my life during each cycle in accordance with each intention. For April’s new moon, I set my intention for clarity, and I found through research and life events that the best method to start up PLAYROOM will be through Kickstarter. For May, I set an intention for faith, and with great shock, uncertainty, and strength, I quit my job before that week was over forcing me to really trust that life will take care of me. Be careful what you wish for, right? Both of these manifestations are scary but needed revelations for my journey.

With the new moon underway once again, I have some understandable trepidation, but I am excited to see how this next one will play out. My intention for this cycle is for self-worth. My mantra carry this out is: “I am worthy and deserving of my past, current, and future blessings.”

This is a big one for me because as I see how lucky I have been and look at my big dreams I have ahead of me, I can’t help but think at times that I don’t deserve it all. The possibilities during this cycle for self-worth can be huge for me.

Even if you don’t believe in the powerful force of the lunar cycles (If you are curious, read my previous post on how to become a new moon believer), setting intentions is a powerful practice. Setting intentions forces you to live intentionally, paying attention to all the lessons that life is teaching as you go through it.

What’s your intention for this new moon? Whatever you choose, set it boldly and watch it unfold.

If you choose to share my intention for self worth, I want to share with you a powerful exercise I did last night. I did some self reflection and wrote down things I enjoy in life that I am worthy to enjoy although at times I feel undeserving of it all. It was a powerful reflection for me and I encourage you to do the same and see what comes up.

I am worthy of being with my babies.

I am worthy of not having a job I don’t enjoy.

I am worthy of staying up and waking up late with my babies.

I am worthy of bedtime stories.

I am worthy of washing up and getting dressed.

I am worthy of my support system.

I am worthy of a kickstarter and PLAYROOM.

I am worthy of Zion and Maddy and all their love.

I am worthy of great friends.

I am worthy of peace.

I am worthy of enjoying the ride.

I am worthy.

Stay Intentional!

<3, Jess

Are Your Thoughts Hurting or Serving You?

Your thoughts are powerful. They are the ultimate influence on your results because your thoughts influence your emotions, your emotions power your actions, and your actions create your results. If you are not seeing the results you want, then take a good look at your thoughts. If you are looking and do not like what you see because you know your thoughts are not serving you, it is time to give transcental meditation a go.

This may sound like a sophitsicated and highly technical term, but transcendental meditation is really just long for mantra work. Playing with mantras during meditation forces you to first notice your natural thoughts then challenge your mind to try on a new thought that serves you.

First, think of a mantra/affirmation that will do you the most good in the moment. Once you have your mantra, sit with it during your meditation by matching it to your breath. Here’s an example from my own personal mantra work…Suppose you are feeling alone/overly-independent, and have chosen the mantra: I am supported. As you breathe in, say to yourself, “I am”; then exhale out as your say to yourself, “supported”. Imagine the words written out in your mind vividly: the color, font, size of the words. I AM SUPPORTED. Meditate on each word, each syllable, each letter. Whenever you notice your mind starting to wander, gently guide your thoughts back to your breath and your mantra, carrying yourself back into the current moment once again.

Your mantra work can even continue after your meditation. Write the words down, post it any/everywhere. Let them work as a reminder of what you want your thought to look like. When you notice your thoughts reverting back to thoughts that you’ve already admitted do not align with who/where/what you want to be, gently (and I really mean be gentle with yourself here) bring your mind back to your mantra. Notice the shift in your thoughts effect your emotions, actions and results. It’s as sweet as that.


Here’s a free audio guided meditation from yours truly that uses mantra to invite in whatever you need right now: guided-meditation.mp3

You can always tune in to the Sunday Slowdown live on facebook/insta this Sunday at 7:07pm to play a bit more. Or hit me up if you want to play with something one on one.

Stay dope!

<3,Jess

Why Go Guided

I like to think of guided meditations as a training ground for your personal practice. The guide is much like a personal trainer, but for the mind. It’s a privelege and a luxury when you find a guide that works for you (each one of course comes with their own flavor). It is beauitiful to have a personal meditation practice where you spend time alone, but to have someone lead the space for you is a blessing. Here’s the four key benefits to having guided meditations as an add to your personal practice:

Time Keeper: the guide observes the space and the time. If you want to commit to a 15 minute meditation, you can rest assured that the guide will have that piece covered.

🙅🏽‍♀️Distraction Breaker: the guide gives you cues to remind you to remain in the present moment by drawing your attention to your breath, movement, mantra, etc.

💆🏽‍♀️Reassurance Creator: the guide puts you at ease, removing any questions like, “Am I doing this thingy correctly?” You can learn tools from the guide that you can use in your personal practice as well, knowing that you are using the tool correctly.

🤝Accountability Partner: the guide puts your meditation on the calendar. You are meeting another person and will be more unlikely to drop that appointment. (This piece of course especially holds true when your guided meditation is in person). I challenge you to put your meditation practice on your calendar though (whether in person with a guide or going for a timeout on your own).

When looking for the perfect guide, keep in mind that your meditation time and space is sacred. Be mindful of those that you allow into your space to absorb/give energy. You have a say. If something doesn’t feel right then it probably isn’t. Keep searching till you find the one that does.

Here’s a free audio guided meditation from yours truly that uses mantra to invite in whatever you need right now (click the link below). More details on this style of meditation coming in tomorrow’s post.

guided-meditation.mp3

You can always tune in to the Sunday Slowdown live on facebook/insta this Sunday at 7:07pm to play a bit more. Or hit me up if you want to play with something one on one.

Stay blessed!

<3,Jess