Claire Contreras is spilling the tea on Intentions!
We have the fabulous Claire Contreras spilling the tea on Intentions and how powerful they are. Of course it also ties into one of our favorite reads of 2020, Fables & Other Lies!
A few years ago I tried to take up meditation (and failed). Apparently, I’m really bad at doing things that consist of sitting in silence. I’m constantly moving around. I really wanted to find a way to really *be* for a few minutes a day though, so I kept trying. It took me a long time to realize that meditating didn’t mean I’d sit down in a spot and instantly clear my mind of everything. It was in my journey to get comfortable meditating that I found intention. Intention, by definition, is something that you plan to carry out. When you want something to happen and you put forth an intention, that thing is more likely to happen. It’s the law of the universe. It may sound far fetch, but there are people who have been living with intention their entire lives and really thrive, and although it takes practice to train your already hardwired brain to turn your “I can’t” into “I already have” or “I will without a doubt”, it’s worth it.
In Fables & Other Lies, the heroine uses intention to make sure a magic tea helps her friends forget some trauma. Although that is definitely fictionalized, it shows the power of intention. We all grew up hearing stories about healers and powerful people, some good, others bad, and I truly believe they all had intention in common. When you believe something so deeply, it’s just more likely to manifest itself. When I was younger, it was much easier for me to identify something and set forth an intention for it. I think, like many other things, the older we get, the less we’re in touch with ourselves and this is no different. Now, I sit in silence, completely still, for at least 3 to 5 minutes a day and breathe. I breathe in things that are bothering me, and breathe out two counts longer to make sure all of those things have left me. I know three minutes sounds like a short amount of time, but it’s a start.
You should try it. It really helps with trauma and sadness and whatever else life has thrown your way. Every single day, I set forth the intention to be happy, to live in the moment, and to be present for my family. That means, when my kids or husband speak to me, I’m present. I’m not thinking about my books or work that needs to get done. I’m truly just listening to them. I worry less nowadays. Not to say I’m without worry. I’m certainly not Buddha, but I do find that I worry less when I do this because I have faith that the universe (or God) has already sorted out all of the big things for me. I welcome you to try this. Especially if you’re a worry wart, it really makes a difference in the way you live your life.
When River Caliban, my sworn enemy, called out my name, I shouldn’t have turned around.
I should have run the other way when he flashed that sinful smile of his, but instead, I walked toward him. I went against all reason, against all warning, and attended the gala of the year. His gala.
The moment I step foot inside I know I’m in trouble, but I find that I can’t turn away. I should leave. I shouldn’t give into temptation. Not with him, not after everything his family has put mine through, but there’s something about River that magnetizes me, reels me in, and when he asks for the impossible, I can’t seem to refuse.
Claire Contreras is a New York Times Best Selling Author. Her books range from romantic suspense to contemporary romance and are currently translated in over fifteen languages.
She’s a breast cancer survivor, a mother, a wife, and a Florida girl that currently resides in Charlotte, NC. When she’s not writing, she’s usually lost in a book.
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