The next prep step for our summer meditations is intention setting!
In the beginning of each yoga class, we are often asked to set an intention. I wondered about the true meaning of intention for a long time. Is it something that I want to happen? Is it something I am using my will to make happen? How do I set it and what do I choose?
I’ve noticed over time that the concept of intention is the first step in setting my focus and awareness. My focus goes where I set my intentions. And in that way, intentions are manifested into reality. It’s not a super cosmic thing, though when it happens it can feel that way. It’s a very practical thing.
Gary Kraftsow illuminated this concept for me in 2011 when he offered these three guidelines for setting intentions:
1st, state what it is you are working with. We are all working on something - patience, compassion, jealousy, working through various habits, etc. Be real and state what you would like to see transformed.
2nd, ask for help. We ALL need help and support. In this step, ask for help from an energy source that you deeply connect with. Maybe it’s “your higher self”, a deity of some type or simply the energy of the universe. The most important part is that you believe and feel supported by this energy source. “__________, help me as I become more compassionate.” “_____________, take this negative energy away from my life and infuse my environment with peace.” Whatever your intention is, ask for help and support in seeing it resolved.
3rd, state what you will do in the physical world to make your intention happen. So, if you are working with taking better care of your body, you can say, “I will walk 50 minutes today.” Set your sights on what you can do to make the intention real through the day and honor it. It can be big or small...there is no action too small to see your intention realized.
So, build those meditation altars and set your intentions and prepare for transformation! Our first meditation of the summer starts next week!
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