By Brittney Hiller

Now, now before you look at that title and ask, “What has this yoga teacher been smoking?” Let me explain. One of my power people in life is Danielle LaPorte and she is phenomenal at getting me to think outside of my box.

One of her amazing tools is Core Desired Feelings and how do we want to use them in our life? My CDF’s are CALFS and they translate to Courageous, Abundant, Loved, Freedom, and Sensuous. I want to begin to bring these into my life more and more. I want to feel this everyday!

So, where do we begin? We begin by asking ourselves a simple question, “How do I want to feel?” Our feelings are different than emotions, she states beautifully on her website, “What if, first, we got clear on how we actually wanted to feel in our life, and then we laid out our intentions? What if your most desired feelings consciously informed how you plan your day, your year, your career, your holidays — your life?”  – DanielleLaporte.com

For me, an example this would look like: Courageous – how can I do one thing today that scares me? What “but you can’t do that” thing can I achieve? This has been a huge enjoyment feeling for me as it has lit a fire in me to begin things I would not have thought I could achieve – EVER. For example, my new children’s book I recently had published, “The Little Laughing Yogini”.

Abundance – this is my intention for the year and it has brought me the questions, “Where am I already abundant in my life?” “How can I add abundance to this year?” Abundance of time with family & friends, creating more money and adventure – all of these and more, are created through this intention of abundance.

Love – With love, I have begun to incorporate this in my work environment. I want every client I see, teach, touch, and listen to; know, feel, and express love. I give love through listening, through healing, and through laughter. Many of us are taking our days as a simple beat down of ourselves and my intention with love is to bring the joy back into others’ lives.

Freedom – This one is simple, I want to be free to be me. I want to travel, I want to experience new adventures, I want to live a worry-free life for the most part and I want my family to experience the same. It starts first with me and therefore, freedom is one of my CDF’s that I am working on with a day-to-day intention.

Sensuous – aka bringing my sexy back – literally. Believe it or not – this girl has an issue with bringing out her ‘girlie’ side. For those of you that have known me for many years, you may find this odd as I did have a license plate that read just that – GIRLE. Alas, finding me in yoga pants and tank-tops six out of the seven days a week, Sensuous is somehow lost. Yes, even with the ever evolving yoga clothing out there… I get it. However, work clothes don’t equal sexy to me. I will be honest here, this CDF is my most difficult to cultivate even past abundance. I want to feel sexy {sensuous}, I want to feel like a girlie girl, and I want to dress up like I am heading out to the Academy Awards without needing an excuse like, going to the Academy Awards.

My gift to myself as of late, to bring out my sensuous side, has been my amazing eye lashes that I got from our awesome local gal, Takiya at The Boutique, Lash + Brow Company. They have allowed my girlie girl self to shine through without any work on my part. Which is great for this girl in yoga pants.

Now, I will ask you – how do you want to feel? What intentions can you create with your desired feelings? As it may seem to most of us, it can be daunting to choose just five, but take this moment for yourself to sit, breathe, ask, and listen. Then write it down and know that you can visit Danielle’s website to see if that feeling truly resonates with you. The beautiful thing out of all of this is – if it doesn’t work – choose another.

However you choose to use CDF’s I hope they inspire you to have more fun with your future as you now have an inspirational tool to guide you through.