* In case you missed our focus of the monthS for July+August (originally posted on 1st July) - Or if you want to read it again, review and refresh *
The focus for both July + August 2018 is Living Intention & Setting Intentions and will inspire and fuel our yoga and meditation classes, workshops, sessions, and my own personal practices. (Yes, this focus is extending over 2 months)
As we move into July and onwards into August, with relaxed sunny, summer days, it feels like a perfect time of year to consider Intention a little more deeply, to share some thoughts and practical ways we might bring or re-ignite intention in our lives.
Intentions are a wonderful way to help us stay grounded, connected and to reconnect with what matters to us most.
Inviting an intention into the centre of our mind and our heart space that is in union with our personal thoughts, values and perspective on life is a beautiful way to connect to our own inherit wisdom and guidance.
Silently stating our intention(s) at the beginning of our meditation or yoga practice is a great place to start but we can choose any moment to set an intention like when you wake, before you go to sleep, over a coffee anytime that feels right!
I find it most useful and beneficial to make my statement of intentions as clear and as specific as possible.
For me, this means that I often need to take a little bit of time to reflect on what my current personal intentions might be or daydream and allow an intention to come to me - and I usually stay with the same intentions for a good few weeks, months or sometimes longer as feels right for me.
Here are some ‘thought-starters’ that I like to use sometimes and that may help get you started in forming and connecting to an intention:
What are you grateful for?
What matters most to you right now?
What would you like to build, create, nurture or invite in your life?
What would you like to let go of? Or Who would you like to forgive in your life?
What fears would you like to release?
What makes you feel good about yourself?
How do you feel when you are your happiest self?
What word(s) would you like to align yourself with?
Once our intentions have come to mind and into our hearts, it is important to keep it positive, to state them in the present with us taking an active role in the intention(s).
For example, instead of saying “Stop being a coward” - Say positivley and actively “I am courageous, brave and capable”
Here are some simple, positive ideas for statement of intentions:
I am grateful / I am grateful for…
I nourish my body, mind, spirit and soul…
I am healthy and able…
I invite peace…
I invite and attract abundance in all its forms…
I am a magnet for miracles…
I am perfect just as I am in this moment, that doesn’t mean there is no room for improvement, and there is no contradiction in this.
We can also choose to use simple word or phrases for intentions that we’d like to align ourselves- Here are some examples for inspiration:
Open mind and heart
Steady, Calm and Focused
I act with courage
I embrace change
Give and receive Love
I allow myself to be vulnerable
Connected with others