Finding peace and meaning in a modern world can be difficult, but with mindfulness you can learn to live with intention and enjoy life more fully.
“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen Hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.” ― Mary Anne Radmacher
The pursuit of happiness is the American dream, so attaining it must be our ultimate goal. It’s not easy though. Jobs, school, stressors of everyday life can cloud our focus and we can find ourselves unintentionally weighed down by negativity. And what’s worse, is we begin to worry about things that haven’t even happened, or happened so long ago, it’s really time to move on. Because all we have is the here and now, so why waste a moment by not enjoying it?
How does one even do that though? How do you live in the moment and find happiness right now, this second? By living with intention.
What Does it Mean to Live With Intention?
Living with intention means consciously putting meaning into everything you do, not just finding it randomly. Purpose doesn’t just get delivered to your door like a smoke box subscription. It’s something you create and deliver to the world.
How Do You Live With Intention?
With intention, you mean what you do and what you say. This intentionally puts purpose in your life. And if whatever it is you’re doing doesn’t work towards your pursuit of happiness, then you intentionally change it. Here's how:
Visualize What You Want and Make it Happen
In an article published by Psychology Today, Jennice Vilhauer, Ph.D says, “Your brain is constantly using visualization in the process of simulating future experiences, but this process happens so naturally that you generally aren't even aware of it, the same way you usually aren't aware that you are breathing.”
Basically, she says if you can imagine it, you can do it. Next time you are unwinding at the end of a long day, imagine in your mind with as much detail as possible that you are accomplishing your goal. Try to vividly see yourself doing what it is you want to achieve, where you want this to happen, and when. As you visualize this, ask yourself what steps you will need to take to make that scenario happen, and begin to take action.
This may sound like an easy take, because why wouldn’t anyone do what makes them happy? Sometimes we put obstacles in our own way without even realizing it. Don’t delay your happiness by putting contingencies on it. Some people think they need to wait to pursue happiness until after certain life goals, like having more money or stability.
But those things are not promised to anyone, so go for what makes you happy now. Some things are easy to attain like finding happiness in a new water bubbler. Sure, new glass bubblers make you happy momentarily, but what about the big picture? If finding ways to relax is what makes you happy, then make it a priority. A smokers box subscription makes it easy to give yourself that gift.
Self-Care is The Foundation of Your Purpose
Getting a smoker box subscription is great for comminiting to your happiness, but make sure to take self care seriously. How to clean pipes is a lot like how we need to care for ourselves- gently and with attention to detail.
Cleaning pipes glass can break if you don’t know how to pack bowl. Just like with self care, over indulging, and self-comforting behaviors can have toxic effects on our minds and bodies. So you have to figure out how to clean the pipe naturally and regularly to maintain its clarity. In other words, make time to clear your head and don’t forget to be gentle with yourself. Realize how important it is to make self care a part of every day, and listen to what your mind and body tells you.
Stop and Smell the Roses
Take time to slow down and really appreciate what is going on around you to fully live in the moment. Notice colors, smells, and the sounds of nature. Feel how the wind blows on your skin and how the sun shines. These sensory experiences we have can help ground us if we pay attention and they help us stay in the moment.
Pipe bubblers are a fun sensory way to enjoy smoking if you know how to pack a bowl correctly. The sound the pipe bubblers make when you draw off them is very relaxing. A pretty glass smoke bowl can add to the experience just because you enjoy looking at it. These elements are all important to living with intention and finding meaning, even in a smoke sesh.
Less Really is More
Josh Becker writes in Becoming Minimalist that minimalism is marked with intentionality. He says, “At its core, being a minimalist means intentionally promoting the things we value most and removing everything that distracts us from it.”
As someone who enjoys a puff or two, you know that a glass piece is pretty minimalist and so is a glass one hit.. No need to get fancy with elaborate bongs, and no need to replace rolling papers when you run out. Smoking glass bowls keeps it simple.
At the end of the day, just breathe. Imagine inhaling good energy and inhaling bad energy. Imagine that your bubblers water is literally filtering out the negative energy before you inhale. Being conscious of your breathing will help you stay focused and clear headed so you can keep your happiness goals in check.
Living with intention and finding meaning does not have to be difficult. Just ask yourself, is what you’re doing right now making you happy or helping you reach your ultimate goals? If not then do something about it and manifest your dreams.