Right now it is easy to look in the mirror and see what is… “I ought to lose this weight around my stomach” or “I haven’t been to the gym in forever”. Does this feel good or bad? Swimming upstream is that feeling of struggling… swimming upstream does not feel good. Swimming downstream, instead, is that feeling of easily reaching your intended outcome… it feels good. Instead of looking in the mirror and focusing on the negative, shift your inner voice towards downstream.
1st– Swim downstream (Isn’t it easier to swim downstream than up?).

Right now it is easy to look in the mirror and see what is… “I ought to lose this weight around my stomach” or “I haven’t been to the gym in forever”. Does this feel good or bad? Swimming upstream is that feeling of struggling… swimming upstream does not feel good. Swimming downstream, instead, is that feeling of easily reaching your intended outcome… it feels good.  Instead of looking in the mirror and focusing on the negative, shift your inner voice towards downstream.

Think of something wonderful your body has done for you.

An easy example is “my legs took me up the stairs to wake the kids today”. Simple moments of appreciation will shift you downstream and you will be prepared to start seeing wonderful changes.

2nd– Set intentions

Goal- a successful attempt at scoring or reaching the intended outcome

Intention- an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions.

The definition of a goal is “the intended outcome”.  The tricky thing about goals is that they make it clear what is not present at this moment. They amplify a sense of lack when the goal isn’t tight within reach. Instead of focusing on your goals, start setting intentions. Intentions guide your actions to the planned outcome. Intent is dipping your toes into that stream. As your feet, legs, and upper body enter the stream you flow swiftly along. Each part of the body is your intention. As each intention is sent you begin to easily see results.

Intention Exercise 1:

Picture a beautiful glass bowl.  Crystal so clear  you can see anything in it, with cut glass surfaces that reflect the various colors inside the bowl and create dancing rainbows on any surface nearby.

Your stomach is kind of like a glass bowl. It gets filled, can be emptied, and has an intense beauty as it takes basically anything you consume and converts it to energy.

If you had the choice, what types of foods would you put in the glass bowl? What would be beautiful to see? Picture yourself filling the bowl with beautiful food (setting intentions). Will you fill it with greens, orange carrots, red tomatoes, and yellow peppers? Or will it be filled with dark and light brown hamburgers, opaque french-fries, and red ketchup? It is your bowl to fill, there are no rules, but consider how it looks when it is filled with the foods you generally eat versus pure and colorful foods from nature.

For the next few days as you sit down to a meal, picture the bowl and how you would like it to look when it is full. You will start to focus on the power food has and your intentions will swiftly take you downstream. Remember to focus on the feeling of downstream. Do not let your mind take you upstream, let every intention be filled with positivity and love for the body you already have.

The “downstream/upstream” analogy is a reference from the teachings of Abraham Hicks. To learn more about this concept visit www.abraham-hicks.com