The beginning of the new year is a prime opportunity to reflect on what you've learned about yourself in 2017, and how you'd like to grow in 2018. Instead of setting resolutions that can easily come and go, try setting intentions that will help you live as the best version of yourself every single day. The act of setting intentions helps to focus your mind, prioritize what's most important and start making transformations from within.
By offering the universe an intention and repeating it every day as you would a mantra, you can accomplish two things:
1. Train your brain to adapt a new way of living.
2. Identify with a higher vision of your life.
Although there are countless things a person can want, if we remain consistent for a whole year with four basic intentions it will give you a greater chance for success, they fit every lifestyle, belief system, personality, and individual situation.
The four intentions are:
1. I want a joyful, energetic body
2. I want a loving, compassionate heart
3. I want a restful, alert mind
4. I want lightness of being
These intentions move from body, emotions, and mind to spirit. To use the power of intention requires a new way of approaching body, emotions, mind, and spirit as a single stream of being. This is easily accomplished by a small shift in your daily routine.
Simply by stating your intentions and allowing them to enter the inner domain, you are affecting more change than you could through a resolution that you try to enforce with willpower.
To use the power of intention requires a new way of approaching body, emotions, mind, and spirit as a single stream of being. This is easily accomplished by a small shift in your daily routine:
1. Take a few moments in the morning to sit quietly before moving into the day’s activity. This is your time for setting the inner agenda for the day, in a state of quiet attention. If you already meditate or pursue your own inner practice, you can add the four intentions at the end of your session.
2. When your mind is settled, follow your breath, easily and effortlessly, for five minutes. At the end of the time (or at the end of your regular meditation), place your attention on your heart.
3. Repeat the four intentions, taking a pause between each one to let the intention find its place inside you. The mind-body connection is fluid, so intentions go to different places every day, giving rise to a new response. Be easy with any response that comes, and return your attention to your heart before saying the next intention.
4. When you have finished the four intentions, sit quietly in a settled state for a few minutes. Then get up and go about your day.
This simple and practical approach that will serve you much better than making a resolution. Aligning yourself with the flow of life is a supreme goal, because it unites body, mind, and spirit seamlessly. This state of unity is what every aspect of the self deeply desires.
Happy New Always!