How to Create An Intention
Visualize something you want more of in your life.
Listen to and honor your authentic feelings. For example, if you are grieving a loss and your intention is to feel more joy, recognize that grief is a necessary part of your experience right now and gently hold your grief while creating a space for joy. Allow grief and joy to live side by side.
Never use your intention to trump your feelings in the moment. Embracing your feelings is as important as shifting them when they are no longer serving you.
Choose your words carefully so that they reflect precisely what you are trying to bring to yourself and your life.
Return to your intention(s) whenever you find yourself drifting away and lost in old patterns of thought or action.
Make them personal and actionable by empowering your intentions with “I” statements.
How long does it take for intentions to shift our thoughts and actions? Just like the study on habits suggests, it can vary from person to person. It seems that when we combine intention setting with mediation, or even with relaxation, we can bring more attention and energy to it. So try it at the end of your relaxation practice, or at the end of meditation if you want to amplify the practice.
Some Intentions to try:
I am filled with gratitude
I listen more deeply when I don’t give advice
I feel vibrant when I exercise everyday
I practice yoga each day to stay centered
I nourish myself with healthy foods
I let go of gossip to nurture compassion for all beings
How has changing the way you think changed your life?
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