SETTING INTENTIONS

[JULY, 2017]

GETTING CLEAR ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT

I’m sure you’ve been to at least one yoga class where the teacher ambiguously says to set an intention, leaving more than one person wondering what the hell she's talking about. An intention is the starting point of every dream. They are the fuel to bringing your goals and visions into reality. Identifying your intentions will help create more clarity in your life, provide insight into your purpose, and help you to stay focused, even in the midst of chaos. 

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Here are a few steps to most effectively set intentions, and follow them through: 

1. Become very clear about something you want, and write it down, every little detail. If you can imagine it, it CAN become your reality. (And if you still don't know what you want, ask yourself, "I want to know what I want." Allow yourself some space to be struck by inspiration. Its in there, I promise.)

2. Detach from the Outcome. Don't worry so much about the ‘how’ but instead, Let the Universe Handle the Details, and focus on the end result you desire.

3. Keep it Positive, & Keep it Simple. You want to be focusing on something that makes you want to beam with joy. 

4. Repetition is Key. You are basically retraining your subconscious mind to take on a new belief, so repeat your intention often. Write it down over and over, place reminders all over the place!

5. Let Go and be Willing to Receive.

You can set intentions all day long, for each different segment you experience. For example, while you are still in bed in the morning, you can set the intention to have a productive or smoothly flowing day. When you get in the car on your way to wherever you are going you can intend to arrive to your destination safely and on time. Before you enter your workplace you can intend to make an impact on your boss, or intend to be powerfully professional. 

Some intentions that I use on a regular basis go a little something like this:

Before I begin my yoga practice I mentally repeat, “I am strong & flexible.” And I continue to repeat this with each breath in and out.

I have the intention, “Money comes easily & frequently” written out on pieces of paper and stuck to my computer, my planner and my fridge.

Throughout the day, as often as I can, I remind myself, “I am happy, healthy and open to receive life changing surprises.”

Setting an intention is like drawing a map of where you want to go — it becomes the driving force of your higher consciousness. Without an intention there is no map, and you're just driving down a road with no destination in mind. By setting an intention, you make it clear to yourself and others (and the universe) just what you plan to do. 

What are some ways that you can think of to integrate intentions into your daily life?

5 THINGS TO LET GO OF IN YOUR PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

*side note : Happiness cannot be ‘found’ as it is not outside of ourselves. Once this is realized, we can release the need to look for anything outside of ourselves in order to simply BE happy.

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1. Let go  o f  t h e  n e e d  t o  b e  r i g h t. 

    This can be particularly challenging to the ego, since we each live in a world that revolves around ourselves. We have grown up with the phrase, ‘My way or the highway’ engrained into our psyche, and now it’s time to let it go. Rather than puffing out your chest next time you’re in a debacle with someone, consider letting the entire thing go, with ease and a smile, and walking away. The strength and power that comes from releasing these harsh grips are enlivening! 

2. Let go  o f  t h e  p a s t.

    The past, while it has shaped who we are in this moment, is long gone. It is behind us, merely a story we tell ourselves over and over. And in time, this story often changes, as the pictures fade away. We hold on to what once was, out of fear that the future wont be as pleasant as we remember our yesterdays to be. But that past is over and done, and can never be changed, and it is impossible to move forward if you are always looking back. 

3. Let go  o f  b l a m e.

    “He,” “She,” “it” did it to me. How often do you find yourself pointing to others as cause for the root of your issues? This is one of the most common things I see. Blame allows us to play the victim, so that we wouldn’t have to take responsibility for creating the things we don’t like in our lives. But there is power and immeasurable joy in taking back that responsibility and fully realizing that no one else can ever make you feel a certain way without your consent. Emotions are merely a creation of the mind, and no one can tell your own mind what to create. So let go of the finger pointing, and take back the reins of your happiness. 

4. Let go  o f  f e a r.

    Fear is the ultimate cause of all unhappiness. It has stopped me from pursuing my dreams many times over. It is gripping and all encompassing… if you let it be. One of my favorite ways to break down fear is through this acronym : False Evidence Appearing Real. 

That’s just it! Fear is a figment of our imagination, and we give it so so much power, and we hold on to it, and we grip it so tightly that our knuckles turn white and our faces turn red and our breath might even stop. So close your eyes, and picture yourself holding a bunch of balloons, each one representing a different fear. For a moment, let yourself be utterly scared. FEEL EVERYTHING. Squeeze your hand as tightly as you can around those balloons, take a huge breath in and hold it at the top…… and then open your hand as you exhale and LET GO! Release all those fears back out into the atmosphere, for you do not need them anymore. 

5. Let go  o f  s h a m e. 

    Shame is, unfortunately, something we have been collecting through society’s consciousness for decades. We carry the shame of our ancestors, without even realizing it. Our society places shame on the people we choose to love, or how we choose to love them. We are shamed for our bodies, what they look like, and what we do to them, or what others have done to us. The time has come for all of us to release that guilt that we have been dragging behind us, or bearing down on our shoulders. You are already perfect, and you don't have to have anyone else’s approval to know that. 

You are loved, you are supported, even if you cant see it right now. Trust me when I say that the entire Universe has your back!

You have to  L E T  G O in order to receive. So make it a daily practice. Notice when you get caught up in your reactions and emotions, and make the conscious decision to let them go.                                

Imagine a bead of water, sliding off of a duck’s back. That bead of water is anything that you once allowed to take away from your happiness, and that imperturbable duck is now you.