Gather round. No need to form a line. This is not about A Woo Woo, the beverage made of vodka, peach schnapps, and cranberry juice, then served as a cocktail in a highball glass. The elixir I’m offering is a different kind. It’s a two-ingredient combination with positive possibilities designed just for you.
What do you want in life? Love? Money? Fame? Good Health? A New York Times Best Seller? The list can be as long as you can dream it. But only if you open to the positive possibilities of your life.
Opening ourselves, like opening a door, requires some effort. We’re not superheros where a tweak our nose makes something happen. (Just remember, even tweaking requires effort.)
Here are the ingredients for my WooWoo Juice: Intention + Focus = Manifestation
Yes, it’s that simple.
Create an intention. Bring focus to it. Manifestation is results.
As a writer, I have many examples of manifestation in my life; however, I want to examine something that touches us all – our health. I’ll tell you my story in a moment. First, let’s look at the components of my two-ingredient cocktail.
Create an intention.
What do you want in your life? Identify it specifically.
Intention is a noun defined as:
1) The end or object intended; purpose.
Next, add focus to the intention
A SMART Goal would be a good place to begin your focus. (See the blog post from December 2011)
Focus as a verb means:
1) To Concentrate
In simple terms, identify a purpose and concentrate on it. The result is Manifestation, which defined is an outward materialization. In other words, you are able to experience manifestation in a tangible way through sight, touch, hearing, taste, and/or smell.
The example from my life of intention+focus=manifestation involves my four-legged boys and my butt. General Beauregard is a fifty-pound Brittany spaniel and when he runs, he could be mistaken for a herd of bison. His brother, Gentleman Jack weighs in at about forty pounds and follows after Beau, adding to the stampede.
One morning about eight years ago, I was carrying seven-pound Renoir, or Reni Rocket as we affectionately call him, in my arms headed downstairs. I made the mistake of not encouraging the “big boys” to go down the stairs first in front of me.
The staircase winds around with two small landings before reaching the main floor. One-step past the first landing, where the staircase makes its first turn, Jack and Beau flew down the stairs chasing each other. Beau clipped my right leg and I started to fall. I pitched Reni over the railing – he landed unhurt on the couch. I tried to right myself, but failed, and landed on my butt. For accuracy, I bounced on the left cheek.
Yes, it hurt. It hurt for almost eight years. Seeking relief from the persistent pain, I am sure I have single handedly provided vacation funds for my doctor, chiropractor, massage therapist and acupuncturist. The relief was never long lasting.
After that ungraceful landing, my mantra became, “I navigate steps safely.” While that has ensured that I have never fallen on any stairs again, it did not stop the pain.
This year, I created a new intention: I have good health.
I started with a physical in February to identify all the issues I’ve been avoiding. My new doctor would not let me leave the office without an EKG when he read my cholesterol levels.
After identifying my health issues and coming up with a list of plans (bringing focus), I’m happy to report that recently I checked a box on a health form that asks if I work out three times or more a week. I do.
About that pain. It’s gone.
I brought focus to my intention of good health by actively caring for myself through yoga and Pilates. I describe the manifestation of my intention+focus as “sitting pain-free.” It is definitely tangible in my life. I didn’t remember that sitting could feel good.
As for stairs, regardless if Beau and Jack are around, before traversing them, you can still hear me mutter, “I navigate steps safely,” especially on the way down.
What positive possibilities are you willing to manifest in your life?
P.S. A special “Thank you” to Kelly L. Stone for her “Free Your Creative Mind” seminar at the Moonlight and Magnolia conference.