An intentional attitude is one of the 7-Part DESIGN for Empowerment.
7 tools in the design to empower toolbox
Intentionally strive to be fully self-aware
First, strive to be self-aware and understand who you are at your core. Explore your strengths and weaknesses. Investigate your body, mind, heart and spirit.
You have an accumulation of experiences, practical, sensory and intuitive knowledge that conditions your thinking, emotions and behaviour. These conditional ways of being can manifest in ways that impact on your well-being.
It is essential to ask, “Who am I?” and have and open mind in the discovery process in order to fully know yourself and make changes for the better. Don’t let fear and being vulnerable stand in your path of reaching your potential. Be engaged in the full realm of your identity-matrix.
Consciously seek knowledge, understandings and truths
Be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. — Franz Kafka
Expand your knowledge and truth for insightful understandings of the world around you. Become a philosopher of life asking questions. instil your imaginative skills to enhance the expanse of alternative solutions. We create new paths for our journeys.
When we illuminate the darkness we bring in the light by being discerning, honestly reflective, and clear-minded.
Consciousness is the energy which enables the creation of ideas, solutions. connections and growth.
Find balance and connections
Practice embodied and down-to-earth spirituality. Integrate spiritual practice with psychological growth and healing. Use both logic and intuition. Experience the feminine along with the masculine. Understand the principles of Tao and the yin-yang within and surrounding you.
Ground spirituality in daily life. Seek to unify all parts of your nature. Bring nature into your life as a dominant environment for exploration of your soul as well as other parts of your identity matrix.
Be prepared to work towards forgiving and letting go as you make meaningful connections.
Inherently, we seek the wholeness, balance, and and cohesive connections within and with the world. By respecting both your wild nature and eternal soul, you are permitting yourself to be both human and divine.
Connect with your inner nurturing other
~ Be passionate and sincere in a wholehearted, empathetic and compassionate way. Be genuine, open, receptive, and humble.
~ Pay attention to your intentions and strive to aim towards joy, balance and harmony.
~ Nurture yourself and be attentive to all of your needs.
~ Become your own best friend. Practice self-compassion and self-acceptance with intrinsic trust and self-respect, unconditionally.
Be authentic, with integrity
Consider the fact that you are unique. Gain deep knowledge of what this really is. Find your truths and treasure them. Embrace this and take the path less traveled as long as it is genuine reflection of your truths from your body, mind, heart, soul and spirit. Challenge the status quo and venture into non-conformity. Don’t try to be someone you’re not.
Practice radical authenticity as you take agency over your identity-narrative. Do what feels true and honest to you. Listen to your calling and defend your authenticity, passionately and with integrity.
With intention to joy and harmony
The approach to a good life has risen out of the historical and philosophical debris – the idea of eudaimonia and well-being.
Aristotle was the originator of the concept of eudaimonia (from ‘daimon’ – true nature). He deemed happiness to be a vulgar idea, stressing that not all desires are worth pursuing as, even though some of them may yield pleasure, they would not produce wellness.
Aristotle thought that true happiness is found by leading a virtuous life and doing what is worth doing. He argued that realizing human potential is the ultimate human goal.
This idea was further developed in history by prominent thinkers, such as Stoics, who stressed the value of self-discipline, and John Locke, who argued that happiness is pursued through prudence.
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