How Do You Want To Feel?

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Recently I read this Danielle LaPorte blog post that stuck with me in a big time way. In there she proclaims that “the journey has to feel the way you want the destination to feel,” — “you can’t fight your way to inner peace,” — and “you can’t punish your way to joy.

Woah. Right?

These words have been rattling around in my head for nearly a month. It was the kind of message that stuck, because it was exactly what I needed to hear in that moment. It was the kind of message that made me pause.

And as I paused, I found myself asking questions and coming to realizations like:

  • Do I want to force myself through another vinyasa? When I started practicing my motivation was to move with my body’s current so that I would feel strong and powerful, but in this moment I am fighting my need to rest in child’s pose in favor of a desire to punish myself for eating a cupcake earlier today….
  • Do I want to shut down the computer and go to bed because it’s my ideal bedtime? Tomorrow I want to feel awake and clear-headed and if I stay up to watch another episode of Scandal (and really, who can watch just one?), that won’t happen…
  • Do I want to eat a piece of candy every time I walk past a candy bowl at work? I want to feel joyful, but eating too much candy will make me feel a sugar-high followed by a crash of low energy and a glum mood…

The more I engaged in this kind of inquiry, the more clear things became. Ultimately this decision-making process boils down to one thing: operating from a place of love.

It’s a matter of deciding that you love yourself enough to take care of your needs. 

If I want to feel connected, energized, joyful, confident, soulful, inspired, powerful, free, … then it’s up to me to decide that I’m willing to make decisions that will support those feelings.

If I don’t, then I won’t.

So with that in mind, I ask you — how do you want to feel?

One comment

  1. Your blog is a treasure. I just finished reading this post and your about section and I’m going to keep reading more!

    To answer your question: I want to feel Alive

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