This week completes this month’s intention of working with JOY. My experience in this month has brought much clarity to a single month than I think I’ve intently focused on before, which is essentially the purpose of this Intention series: to be able to carry out a clear plan each month to attune to our highest selves.
I’ve documented each week where Joy has led me — letting myself be more vulnerable by genuinely smiling at people and not withholding a friendly gesture; to the choice to be in Joy despite those moments that feel like they may take me away from it; to the commitment of being an explorer of Joy.
The post-its in my journal reflect not only my intention in this series, but has also been a trigger to return to my intention when I need it. I flip to the pages of my post-its, read them, breathe them in, and remind myself why I chose to work with Joy this month: I wanted to actively cultivate the kind of life I want to live — one with happiness, on all levels.
As this month comes to completion, what will happen with those post-its? Take them and write on the back of your intention painting/art all of the things you’ve written down on your post-its. Whether they were just one a week, or more, have them on the back of your intention art.
Let this begin an art journal of your experience with your intentions —
- How did you navigate Joy?
- What brought you most Joy in this month?
- What things felt like they took you away from Joy, and how did you find your way back?
- What is one thing that you learned about yourself in this month?
- How will you commit to continuing to cultivate Joy in your life?
While this series focuses on one month at a time, the intention is to carry this forward for the year, and being able to, in one year from now, look back on your journey to cultivating your best life through this Intention art series.
As I type this with the cloudiness and fog permeating my environment, this is what ties together my journey through this month’s intention:
The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it.
It’s our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows. — Brené Brown
Let’s embrace the dark with beauty and embrace our Joy instead of casting it out.
Next week will begin May’s intention series… where will Joy lead us to?