Mon. Nov. 22, 2021: Intent for the Week — Gratitude

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This week contains American Thanksgiving, and is a reminder to be thankful and filled with gratitude for all that is good in my life.

With so many horrible things happening in the world, it’s dififcult to remember gratitude for even the small joys, but it’s also important.

Putting the intention out there invites the universe to challenge my intent for gratitude, so let’s hope the challenges this week are minimal. I really want a calm, pleasant week!

Even though I hit 50K on the National Novel Writing Month wordcount this weekend, I am continuing to do my daily words, because I want to finish the novel by the end of the year.

What’s your intent for the week?

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Mon. Nov. 15, 2021: Intent for the Week — Stay The Course

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This week is about staying the course for me. With the Nano words, with the yoga/meditation practices, with the freelance work.

There’s no substitute for showing up and doing the work. That’s how you get where you need to go.

What’s your intent this week?

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Mon. Nov. 8, 2021: Intent for the Week: Steadiness

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The steady work on the novel every day, working on National Novel Writing Month, helps me get back into my groove. Uusally, the second week of Nano is a slog for me. Whether it is or not, I plan to keep my head down and just keep going.

Steady progress, without a lot of peaks and valleys, works better for me than starts and stops.

That’s my intent not just for the week, but moving beyond Nano, into a steady writing rhythm once again.

What’s your intent for the week?

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Mon. Nov. 1, 2021: Intent for the Week — Creative Flow

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National Novel Writing Month begins today. I hope it will help shake out the creative cobwebs, and get me back into healthy routines and flows. Sounds counter-intuitive, since the point of Nano is to spew a lot of words on the page, but I’ve found that the focus and the overwhelming wave of creative purpose at the start, is a good boost.

Fingers crossed for a creative start to a creative month.

What’s your intent this week?

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Mon. Oct. 25, 2021: Intent for the Week — Replenishing Energy

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Last week was about protecting my energy in group work. This week, it is about replenishing energy that’s been lost over the past months.

It won’t all be restored, but I hope to use techniques learned in last week’s course and through the weekly meditation sessions to replenish the energy and tone down the burnout. Since I can’t take extended time off to heal the burnout, I have to carve out focused time each day, and make it the focus of this week.

Samhain is coming up, and a friend is visiting, at the end of the week, which will be great. National Novel Writing Month starts next week, which will also require giving and receiving energy.

So this week, I need to replenish, and, maybe, even stockpile a bit.

I want to approach the coming weeks with a sense of energy being able to flow, and that creative energy used then creates more creative energy to flow.

What is your intent for the week?

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Mon. Oct. 18: Intent for the Week — Protecting Myself From Energy Vampires

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Since I’m going to be delvling into deep inner work for a course this week, it is vital to protect myself from energy vampires. Most of the ones I encounter, at least at the moment, are online. In some ways, those are easier to deal with, because I can choose not to interact, and I can choose to turn off whatever device they’re trying to reach me through.

There’s a big difference between doing work on the self/inner work in community, offering support and encouragement to each other, and certain indvidiuals in such group work who always try to siphon off the group-generated energy and make it all about them. They don’t contribute to raising and sharing that group energy; they simply want the benefits of the work others put in.

I’ve put in my time and tolerance for that, and this week isn’t going to be that for me. I will work respectfully and contribute to the group energy raised in a recipricol way. However, I will not allow those who are trying to feed off that energy without putting in the work and contributing to it to siphon from me.

Between the pandemic, my own surgeries, the move, lots of changes, and frustrations, in order for me to get what I want/need out of this week’s work, I need to be ferocious about protecting my energy.

What’s your intention for the week?

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Mon. Oct. 11, 2021: Intent for the Week — Breaking Bad Habits to Make Room for Better Ones

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Part of the work on the self over the past weeks has been catching my behavior and thought processes when I revert into old, negative patterns that are a form of self-sabotage. It’s one thing to acknowledge when you’re doing something wrong; it’s another to create something wrong because that’s what’s familiar.

When I catch myself doing the latter, I stop, take a deep breath, take a few minutes to ask, “Why am I doing this?” and then search for a better response.

It takes time, something we are constantly told we don’t “have.”

I take the time anyway, and it sets me back on course to make better choices.

That’s my intent for the week; to keep focusing on breaking these bad patterns, which may have served as protection at one point, but now cause harm. And to replace them with better patterns, that serve me well NOW, with the realization that they, too, may have to be shattered and replaced in the future for something better.

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Mon. Oct. 4, 2021: Intent for the Week — Work With the Retrogrades

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We’ve got seven retrogrades going on, which is a lot.

Mercury Retrograde usually gets the most attention, because it causes so much chaos. Layered on top of all these other retrogrades, this period until it goes direct on October 18 will be quite a ride.

Instead of staying in bed under the covers (which would then guarantee the ceiling crashing down), I’m trying to work with the retrogrades. I had some fun with Mercury retrograde (and some frustration) over the weekend. I’ve been working with the Chiron retrograde to heal. I’ve been attempting to learn from all of them.

That will be a focus this week, especially as some of the retrogrades start turning direct. As the obstacles begin to peel away, can I take what I’ve learned and apply it moving forward?

Too often, a retrograde is used as an excuse. I’m trying to use them as opportunities.

What’s your intent for the week?

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Mon. Sept. 27, 2021: Intent for the Week — Enjoying Autumn

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Mercury goes retrograde today, on top of all the other retrogrades, so the next three weeks will have their challenges.

However, I also intend to enjoy autumn. This is my first autumn here in the Berkshires, and I want to find peace and joy and beauty in it.

What’s your intent this week?

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Mon. Sept. 20, 2021: Intent for the Week — Preparations

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This week, I’m preparing for Mabon.

I’m preparing for some strange conversations.

I’m preparing for the upcoming Mercury Retrograde.

The weekend was stressful, and I’m trying to recover, and this week will hold its challenges. I’m trying to meet them with as much grace as possible, one at a time.

What’s on your week’s agenda?

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Mon. Sept. 13, 2021: Intent for the Week — Active Healing

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This week, I will attempt to take what I learned last week from the psychotherapist and use it to actively heal. I’m not exactly sure how that will play out in actions, but I want to see if I can apply what I learned and make progress.

What is your intent for the week?

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Mon. Aug. 30, 2021: Intent for the Week — Work Now, Play Later

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Because we have a holiday weekend coming up, and because a vaccinated friend is coming to visit our vaccinated household for the holiday weekend, I am putting my head down and working extra early in the week, so I can take off and play without care over next weekend.

I intend to enjoy the week’s work as much as possible, so I can enjoy the weekend’s fun!

What’s your intent?

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Mon. Aug. 23, 2021: Intent for the Week — Navigate the Tightrope

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I am very burned out, on various fronts. Before you start with the “self-care” suggestions, I do not have the privilege of indulging in them this week. Because, yes, in this system in this country, self-care is a privilege, and we don’t all have access to it when we need it. The term is tossed around like it’s a breakfast cereal or something.

I have to dig down and get a lot done this week, no matter what I’m feeling.

So my intent this week is to navigate the tightrope of what HAS to be done without hitting the point of burnout where I can no longer function. It means restructuring each day as necessary, a mix of pushing through and regenerating.

What is your intent this week?

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