Danielle LaPorte, in her website, asks: How do you want it to feel? This beautiful yogini-friend posted her response on her blog, and the thinking and imagery resulting from these questions became contagious. So I got inspired to do the same. Here goes...
- A Manifesto -
I want my day to feel like a busy yet calm, organized, and productive kitchen.
I want kissing to feel like the very first time.
I want my next success to feel like a soulfully composed photograph.
I want my body to feel like the grace, strength, and exuberant joy of a dolphin moving through the water.
I want smiling to feel like spring flowers turning their faces to the sun.
I want my friendships to feel like a refreshing breath of fresh air and a home-cooked meal -- warm and nurturing, made with love and positive energy, leaving people wanting to come back for seconds (or more!).
I want my nervous system to feel like a coconut oil massage on the beach in the Philippines, caressed by the tropical sun and the salty ocean breeze.
I want my neighborhood to feel like the energy, diversity, and community in a farmer's market on a Saturday morning.
I want my integrity to feel like a pillar of quiet strength*, grace, and compassion.
I want my work to feel like a spirited, intelligent conversation between my left brain and right brain.
I want my money-making to feel like a nonzero-sum game.
I want my laughter to feel like a belly ache from laughing too hard at my comedian brother's jokes at our long, leisurely family dinners as I was growing up.
I want the end of the day to feel like a deep belly breath, a delicious yin stretch, and a warm hug from my husband.
I want being of service to feel like kaizen in the world of education.
I want my philanthropy to feel like what sunshine does to plant life, nourishing and allowing them to blossom and bear fruit.
I want my challenges to feel like a cooking experiment: relying on knowledge, experience, creativity, and intuition, then taking a calculated risk.
I want my writing to feel like a reminder of the connection between all of us as human beings in this world, dreaming, aspiring, doing, and finding our way in our messy and delicious lives.
I want my love to feel like ocean waves gently lapping the shore -- magical, yet steadfast and certain.
I want my ideas to feel like a young child discovering and exploring the world for the first time.
I'd love to hear from you, friends... how do you want it to feel?
*"A pillar of quiet strength" is from my best friend's (of 23 years!) description of me, when we graduated college and dreamed of seeing the world.