‘Intentional living’ is the buzz word these days and is often misused by many. Honestly, intentional living can mean different things to different people, but the underlying concept remains the same. In this post, I want to bring clarity to the concept of intentional living. You can read Getting Started with Intentional Living if you are already clear with the concept of intentional living.
I started my intentional living journey a year ago when I was feeling lost and stuck. Actually, this blog is also an outcome of my intentional choices. I have read thousands of articles and listened to millions of podcasts to get clarity on the subject. You can always look up my favourite resources on my Intentional Living Pinterest Board.
All along my journey, I followed some ways of life that only ended up bringing anxiety and overwhelm in my life. With a lot of trial and error I have finally come to a harmonious way of living which I now understand is the purest form of intentional living.
What Intentional Living is not?
Before you understand what intentional living is all about, let me throw light on what it is not. Intentional living is a simple concept which is made complicated these concepts.
One purpose living
If you are under impression that you need to find your ‘one true purpose’ to live intentionally, then I am happy to tell you that it is not true. Even if you have no clue about your life purpose, you can live an intentional life. In intentional living, you need to have a purpose for your thoughts and actions. This purpose can be anything that matters to you such as ‘being happy’.
I openly counter the concept of one true purpose. This is because do not find it necessary to spend half my life in finding that one purpose and spending the rest of the life in pursuing it. I believe in defining my own purposes and intentions and living by it. If you already have found your purpose or if you believe in it, I respect your opinions. But if you do not have it all figured out, do not feel like intentional lifestyle is not for you.
Minimalism is intentional living but intentional living is not minimalism. It is not contradictory because intentional living is a broader concept and minimalism is a way of intentional living.
Everywhere on the internet, when someone is talking about intentional living, they refer only to minimalism. All I want to put out here is that intentional living does not mean you live minimally (which you of course can).
Minimalism is not for everyone, and does not have to be because one size does not fit all. I know a lot of minimalists who are winning in life but there are many who do not feel the same way. To all of you out there, I just want to let you know that you can live intentionally without living minimally.
You may or may not be a religious believer to follow the path of intention. Many people have equated religious values to life intentions which I think is unnecessary. If you are a believer and the religious values bring you joy and contentment, then by all means follow them as your intentions. But this is not a must have on the intentional path.
I myself am a strong believer, but my intentions are not directly linked with my religion. If you are a non-believer or an atheist, it does not keep you away from an intentional life.
What is intentional living?
Intentional living simply means making life choices based on your intentions. Your intentions can be anything, but I would recommend you to set intentions based on what brings you true joy. I have created an intention setting workbook which you can grab right here.
Intentions can be seen as a framework that guide you to build a life that is meaningful and blissful. I call it the framework because you choose your actions and thoughts on the basis of your intentions.
This lifestyle will streamline your spending habits. When I talk about spending habits, I mean time, money and emotions. Spending these three intentionally will be a game changer in your life. If you feel like this is something you want to dig deeper into, subscribe to my email list by clicking right here.
Read next – Getting Started with intentional living
Summarizing what we have discussed here in three simple pints –
- A lifestyle where your intentions guide your thoughts and actions
- A framework for a meaningful life
- A choice to preserve time, money and emotions for things that matter.
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