Sometimes we need to re-evaluate our lives and re-commit to our path, or change directions. Things change; we change. We may suddenly wake up one morning and realize that we are no longer thriving in our current situation. Our priorities may have changed.
Setting intentions is a fantastic way to get clarity on your priorities. Intention is perhaps even more important than action or results. They help guide your actions on a daily basis, but can also put things into perspective on a larger scale.
What Is Your Intention?
Intentions are different than decisions. Intentions are different than goals. Holding an intention creates an atmosphere that galvanizes forces beyond our reasoning mind. It’s like handing the universe a notice and then listening for instructions on how to co-create the result.
Here is a map for setting an intention:
1. Let Go Of What No Longer Serves
It’s so easy to grasp at what we think will make us happy. When you finally realize that nothing outside is going to satisfy your deepest desires for happiness, you can let go. So listen up: stop looking outside for happiness! You know this. Now believe it and live it! Make this the year. Release whatever limiting beliefs, out-dated situations, destructive patterns or unhealthy relationships get in the way of you living your truth.
2. Reconnect With Wisdom
Sit in meditation posture or lie in shavasana, and allow your breath to settle deeply into a steady rhythm. Let go of pressing concerns and thoughts of the past or the future. Experience being in your body in the present moment. Notice what arises when you dwell in this space.
3. Take Action
Two words: free-write. I am constantly blown away by how powerful this practice is. It’s simple: get a stack of loose paper (so you won’t be too precious about it) and a ballpoint pen (for easy flow). Set a timer. Write freehand non-stop until the timer goes off. Don’t make it pretty, or correct, or legible. Don’t censor or try to come up with something smart or witty or sassy and don’t even try to make it comprehensible or rational. Our subconscious works in bizarre ways – as you may notice if you pay attention to your dreams. The dreamtime speaks a different language and we can access this dialogue by journaling our ideas, wishes, hopes, whatever it is that wants to come out. Full disclosure: I write these blog posts by doing a rough draft free-write to see what is true for me at this point in time. Then after I get the rough draft out on paper, I can pick out anything that feels worth sharing or that I think might be helpful to others. So it’s a process of refining the seeds – the messages of the subconscious.
Free write for 20 minutes on the following question: what are my intentions for the next year? next 5 years? Then read it through and pull out the bits that make you feel enthusiastic, and write them down in a list. Once you have a list, put them in order of priority, and then make sub-categories of actions you can take right now to bring these intentions to life. Good luck!