How to Set Meaningful Intentions

What is intention setting? Setting an intention is the process of stating to yourself what you want to accomplish or gain from life. Think of it as a commitment to yourself going through the day, week or month. Having intentions allows you to focus your attention on what you want to gain. It can be something as simple as ‘I feel calm’, this is useful when you know you have something stressful coming up or when you know you get stressed easily in certain situations. Intentions can also be bigger and more specific, such as ‘I am at peace with my body’ if you struggle with body confidence. The main thing is not to confuse your intentions with your goals, an intention is not something that you attach an expectation to, it is not something you can see or feel. An intention is what you want to align with in your life. Setting Your Intention

Intentions should come from the heart. This ties into daily meditation or mindfulness, intentions should come from a place of love within you. Intentions should be strong and positive, they can be one word or several. Try sitting for a moment and ask yourself the following: What do you want to create more of in your life? Is there anything that you want to let go of? Is there anyone you need to forgive? Are there fears holding you back from your full potential? See where your mind takes you and what words and thoughts pop up, use this to set your intention. Here are a few examples: I am at peace within my body I am calm I am happy I respond with patience (this is my go to at the moment) I am grateful for all that I have in my life Once you have your intention, sit with it, use it in mediation, repeat it to yourself while you shower or clean your teeth, while you walk in nature. Bring yourself back to your intention any time you are feeling stressed or upset, when you are struggling or when you are feeling frustrated. Having an intention is a great way to bring yourself back to the present moment. So many of us are constantly living in the past or worrying about the future. The truth is, all you have is the present moment. It was Buddha who said, “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

Crystals and Intentions If you like working with crystals (I know it’s a little woo woo but crystals are becoming more popular) use the crystal as an anchor, infuse it with the energy of your intention, it can then be used to bring your mind back to the intention. Carry the crystal with you so you can carry its energy with you. I really suggest you read up on crystals and how to go about ‘using’ them! I’m a big fan and have several.