Intensity: Fear Not

This week’s post is about intensity. More specifically, it’s about the benefits of mindfully choosing intensity. Even so, the topic can be a little, well, intense. So I offer the post in illustrations and color with a black cat on the side…

I know I find myself doing this. Avoid riding my bike because it’s easier to drive. Avoid doing another back bend because GAH! Do you do this, too? If so…Click here on the link to the research. It’s kind of amazing.

You can do that right now. Take a moment to take a deep breath before you keep reading. Okay, two more reasons to mindfully choose intensity.

To be clear, mindfully choosing intensity does NOT mean to beat yourself up, push yourself to exhaustion or anything like that. This is about feeling the urgency of intensity and allowing yourself to find the place where you are challenging yourself and able to keep breathing, stay balanced and present. Mindful intensity is an opportunity to offer kindness and strength to yourself. SO…

Meow, y’all.

P.S. Let me know what you think about the illustrated post!

  1. Tom Hubbard said:

    Yup, it’s great. I’m not sure why the cartoon medium — sequential panels telling a story — is such an appealing way to take in information, but it is. You’re a natural for this. (Do you remember my saying that when you and Frank were at our house?)



    • Glad to hear it, Tom. It was a fun challenge to figure out and create. Thanks for the support and love! ❤

  2. Susan snyder said:

    Fantastic Susan!! I saw myself in the peace shirt! Love the art. As a visual learner, it really helps it sink in.
    Peace and calming…

    • Susan! I was actually thinking of you in particular when I was designing this! Thank you for saying something. ❤

  3. Adrienne Dent said:

    These are gorgeous! I love the panels set against a vibrant watercolor brush stroke backdrop. You covered a lot of ground in these few panels: discernment, boundaries, responding rather than reacting…I especially like the choice of Utkatasana and Horse or Goddess pose to illustrate intensity:)!!!

    • This means a lot coming from you. And you’ve got the yoga eye on the illustrations. I did, in fact, pick those postures intentionally. 🙂

  4. Pete Kashatus said:

    Love the illustrated message. Hope to see more!

  5. It’s great! You got my attention and I got the message more quickly and dynamically than I would have done with words alone.

    • Very cool. I’m so glad to hear that. I feel that way about receiving information, too. Which explains my long history as a doodler/note taker! Thank you so much. ❤

  6. Hester Bakker said:

    Love it !
    Functional and fun

  7. Marion Robbins said:

    Love it! Brilliant! Clear! Inspiring! True! Meow……

    • Thank you, Marion! I’m so glad it worked for you. Meow, indeed.

  8. Rebecca Trexler said:

    This is so cool!!!!! It must’ve taken forever but I love it OXOXOXOs


    Rebecca Trexler


    • Aw, thank you! It was super fun to do. I’m glad you enjoyed it. xo

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