This is a compact tool to focus your energy to get stuff done. Actually you can also use it at the same time for feeling a sense of purpose. You can use it in the morning to approach the day or reflect on your participation at the end of the day. It assumes you are seeking help to meet the new you, the next version of you and share it with the world. The experience can facilitate an updated sense of self and sense of belonging while also contributing to your various communities (the many inner lives, family, nation, society).
Ask yourself – What do I want? That is the I. And do something about it. That is the A. When it has a positive impact on your day, your mood and helps you to learn and participate – That is the D. When you follow through on your intention and it causes you to make decisions and ask questions that are based in your sense of connection – that is the E.
That is I.D.E.A. The idea is that as you go through you life you don’t have to stop and make your spiritual pursuit a separate life endeavour. You can be crafty in making some degree of your professional life provide the foundation for your soul development.
I is for Intention – What you want to do that day. You can have various ‘small’ intentions that you check off your list in the course of your day. Things as simple as saying ‘hi’ to someone whose attention you want at school or work; getting 10 likes on an Instagram post; helping someone feel better. You can have an intention for the day, week, work, family, health, planet, …
D is for Daily– the impact of your intention in your daily life. Keep it simple: you want to feel proud of your work, fulfilled you helped around the house, encouraged to repeat your intention. Here daily refers to your maintenance life: making money, staying healthy, finding friends and companionship.
E is for Elevated– the residue you want in your soul life. This is the result of applying your skills and strengths towards your Higher self. This is your unique response to the religious energy that arrives in your life because you have a soul.
This can sound ethereal, cheesy, intangible, like a waste of time, difficult or simply beyond your reference and experience. That makes sense but at the same time is the moment to push through and do your homework of you. The art of you is connecting your daily intentions with whatever your Higher Self is. Or perhaps it is to let the sincerity of your daily efforts support your Higher Self .
The key understanding here is in the word ‘elevated’. This means above; above normal, beyond daily, higher than what passes in daily life as enough, more connected than habit.
How does one elevate? Taking Action (see below) with an Intention (see above) that is greater than oneself. Think: teaching, mentoring, volunteering. I am reminded of the guy I would bump into some mornings while I was walking my dog. He had the garbage collecting tool and a bag. On his own time – usually 6 am – he would go down to the lake shore and collect garbage – beer cans and coffee cups by majority. I thanked him and he was so appreciative of my recognizing his service – cheerful guy. He told me there were others who did the same thing as him. Awesome!!
That guy is elevating above himself to offer without counting the cost or looking for reward.
Providing that selfless service provides meaning or fulfillment and makes us happier and easier to deal with:)
A is for Action – that you take that attracts positive energy. Like Nike – Just Do It (swoosh). Take action towards accomplishing your intention that at the same time feeds your various (daily and elevated) Human levels. Repeat.
What’s the big I.D.E.A.?! – you are the big idea!! Your growing into your development trajectory as you emerge out of puberty into adulthood and travel through middle age and arrive into elderhood.