Seth Goddin once said the best way to find your tribe is to write something for your audience every day. Doesn’t have to be anything earth-shattering, but if you keep at it – your audience will come. It’s like developing any habit…repeat the process over and over and it will become instinctual. (I believe 19 days is the exact time it takes to form a habit). Well… I am constantly ‘writing in my head’ and it’s beginning to ‘drive me crazy’.
With that said, my friends, I am going to work on developing my content, my voice, that has been begging me to put pen to paper for years. It would probably scare you if you knew how much time I spend considering how our personal environments influence our daily lives. The concept which turned into intenZenden is constantly evolving and birthing – so I will share it with you in real time.
The idea behind intenZenden, though, is pretty simple. Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be? IntenZenden is about creating a space for you to fully breathe into the real you. The you beyond the layers. It’s about giving yourself the freedom to fully express this you into reality.
In my experience, that’s all intention really is. The you before you were told who you should be. We all have access to our inner selves, but we need to do some digging to hear what it is saying to us. Some call it intuition, some God, some the Universe, Angels, it’s usually a quieter and more subtle voice that catches us by surprise when we least expect it. Our environments can help us listen.
By practicing intenZenden we come closer to our Selves by listening to this voice. In spiritual psychology it’s what we call the Authentic Self. Practicing intenZenden can nudge us in that direction. Creating a space in which we can thrive and feel fully alive. Hey that rhymed, but you get my point I hope. We must allow ourselves to be receptive to our inner voice.
One thing we can do RIGHT NOW is to give ourselves permission to consider what could I do today that would mean showing up a little more fully and authentically? Just consider it. You don’t have to do anything, but question. Anything come up that surprises you?
I identify as an introvert, meaning I am the most comfortable at home – probably writing, or reading, or listening to music, or any other solitary activity. Every time I have some kind of outer engagement, quite frankly, I don’t want to go. Here’s the kicker: when I do, and most of the time I make the choice to go if I can, I always feel better after the encounter. Don’t get me wrong, I still need a lot of alone time to fully recharge, but showing up always seems to add something positive to my experience. (And I hope others!) So for you, I ask, what does it mean to Show Up?
I’ll be referring back to this a lot in my blog as it’s the heart of living an intentional lifestyle. But for today, I ask you to perhaps consider what this even means to you. I’ll be pondering on my end.