Intention is a word that you may not hear often but it has great power to support change in your life. With out real intention you will never meet your goals. If you want something in your life work towards it!
I was recently asked how I think magick works. Everyone has their own take on it but for myself I think it is all about our intention. When you dedicate both your mind and your actions towards a goal you truly have the intention of reaching that goal. If you want to get a new job but are not working to gain more skills to get said job you do not truly have the intention to get the job. You can pray all you want, perform rituals, and write out your intentions but unless you are putting action in as well to work towards your goal you will not get it.
This same exact thing goes for your wellness and health as well. If you are not putting in the actions towards improving your health and supporting your wellness you should not expect to see real, long lasting results. We all want a magic weight loss pill. If you are not ready and willing to put in the work to change your food patterns and increase your movement practices you will never get long term weight loss.
Yo-yo dieting, losing and gaining weight repeatedly, is a common problem in the United States and is one reason diabetes is so prevalent. Our bodies do not know how to regulate sugars and carbohydrates appropriately because we are always fluctuating our food intakes. Developing a consistent food practice can help to balance this and support you long term. Having that deeper intention for long term support and wellness can make all the difference in making the smaller shifts in food and movement choices that are sustainable.
So how do I really have that deeper intention for health and wellness?
It is hard. This is something that requires a life of practice. Remember to forgive yourself when you fall backwards; behavior change does not happen over night. I am always working to recommit to my intentions and I find that there are some intentions that I am not fully committed to and those are the ones I slip on. I am not fully committed to avoiding dairy yet. As a result, I eat dairy a few times a week and I quickly regret it because I am aware of the changes it encourages in my body. By being aware I am able to remind myself to make a choice. Can I accept the results of my actions?
Jillian Carnrick, founder and manager of The Dancing Herbalist, has a Masters of Science Degree in Herbal Medicine, practices as a nutritionist, and is a Certified Personal Trainer and Exercise Is Medicine Professional through the American College of Sports Medicine. Join her for live classes and The Dancing Herbalist’s home herbalist courses online for more learning opportunities.