‘Everything that happens in the universe begins with intention. When I decide to buy a birthday present, wiggle my toes, or call a friend, it all starts with intention.’ Deepak Chopra

A voice has been getting louder and louder over the last couple of years. This voice has been bringing to my attention the discrepancy between the way that I live and what I espouse my values and intentions to be.

To be more specific, I notice through my conscious practice the oneness of the world we live in and beyond. I believe that I am a part of everything and everything is a part of me. Carrying this belief holds with it a bucketful of responsibility. It is a responsibility that I love and care for – seeking the greater good for myself and everything and everyone else.

So when I go out with friends and share more than the amount of wine that is good for me, when I consistently shop at stores that I am not sure or know haven’t ethical trading at their hearts, when I insist on following the crowd and buying the latest gadget without a thought for the damage it may cause to the environment, when I jump in the car just because it’s easier, when I open my wardrobe to put something new in and find things that I haven’t even seen for 5 years, let alone need and…..I could go on…what is my intention then?

To be honest I don’t think I am even thinking in that way.  I am unconscious/mindless instead of conscious/mindful. And when I think about what I do in the realms described above I think less of myself, which drains my energy and sense of well-being as I have done a dis-service to myself, to others and this beautiful world.

On the occasions I am placing attention on what really matters, aligning with my values and converting that to a conscious intention, I behave differently and it feeds my vitality, having both served myself, others and our environment.

So, as well as putting my intention of finding creative ways to serve the greater good out into the universe, I have set myself a practical challenge. For the next year (and I hope beyond as my habits will have changed) I am staying true to my values. For example; I am not going to buy any clothes that I do not need, I am not going to buy food that is not proven to be ethically sourced and mostly of local provenance, I am going to support the high street shops all the time and I am going to practice more things that nourish my soul rather than deplete it.

I am aware that some people are already doing these things I describe and those of you who do may think this no stretch at all, but for me it is.

In other words I am finally paying attention to that inner voice and I am going to have a year where I set my intention to serve the greater good more holistically.  I am calling this my year of congruence.