The power of feeling & intention

“Knowing how you actually want to feel is the most potent form of clarity that you can have. Generating those feelings is the most powerfully creative thing you can do with your life.” ~Danielle LaPorte

The beginning of a new year can be a time where many of us look to new year’s resolutions, goal setting or planning for the year ahead. Though I enjoy this process and the feeling of a “fresh beginning” can be invigorating, I’ve also noticed that setting goals can be fleeting, really future oriented and somewhat limiting. It can feel as if my satisfaction is delayed until the goal is reached, or that I am ‘not enough’ until it is achieved. Even if I do reach my goal, it’s easy to fall into wanting more or going for the next thing (that is, if I haven’t completely let it go altogether mid-January).

I’ve realized that what I truly want is not the goal itself, rather the feeling behind the goal.  

From this perspective, the invitation this year is to flip it around:
How do you want to feel? How can you align to that?  

The beauty of creating a life based on feelings vs. goals, is that the feeling already exists inside you – in this very moment. The achievement of a goal produces an inner response, perhaps in this case, joy. This is not an external experience, it is an internal experience.  All feelings are an inner experience. We may see, touch, taste, connect with things in our outer world that inspires a feeling, but the feeling itself is sensed, created and experienced on the inside. No matter what is happening on the outside, it is YOU that is having the experience.

When you gain clarity on how it is you want to feel in your life, it will inevitably guide your outer actions. Decisions will be easier to make. Inspiration is in abundance. You’ll be more centered in your heart. You will feel more joyful and authentic.

How powerful it is, empowering, when we realize that we can create our lives and reality from the inside out! So, what feeling do you wish to cultivate more of in your life this year? What enlivens your spirit? How do you access what’s already inside you?

To get you started, I’ve shared some of my intentions for 2015 on my Facebook Page…would love to hear yours!

Warmth & blessings for an extraodinary year ahead,


Alice Hong

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