This article is for anyone wanting to create a life they love, enjoy and are inspired by. A life that is truly beautiful!!
ACTION #17: intention setting
"our intention creates our reality" – wayne dyer
THE POWER OF INTENTION
At this point on our Create a Life that is Beautiful journey you have heard me talking a lot about intention. And what a better way to start diving deep into intention setting than on the day of a New Moon!
A strong intention is everything lovely people.
Personally, I find when my intentions are not clear; decision making is harder, taking action is harder and things just don't flow.
What am I trying to achieve here?
Let the power of intention lead the way. - Sharon Salzberg
But with a strong intention, you are unstoppable! It allows you to easily flow in any situation to take actions in the present moment that support your intentions and it also keeps you present moment focussed.
You start living intentionally, as opposed to living on default so you get your power back!
BECOMING THE CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP
Intentional living was an incredibly powerful and important shift that I made on my own personal journey. I became the captain of my ship. And this is something I wish for you too...
To become the captain of your ship (i.e. your life!) you need to take responsibility for your life and this requires you to recognise the power you have in creating your reality.
Confused about why you are doing something? You bring more confusion into your life. You get results you never intended.
If we do not know what our intentions are behind what we are doing, then we end up with outcomes that we never intended.
And that is why it is so important to understand why you are doing the things you are doing before you do them!
Before taking any action, ask yourself: What is my intention for this experience, this path, this conversation, this decision?
Be guided by a strong intention that focuses on what you want to create.
Let's have a go now!
OUR WEEKLY CHALLENGE TO CREATE A LIFE THAT IS BEAUTIFUL
This week on the Create a Life that is Beautiful journey we are going to start intention setting! Take a look at the following prompts for intention setting and watch the magic unfold!
1. For any project or task you are working on, ask yourself what is my intention here?
2. Prior to any meet up with friends, family, clients, colleagues ask yourself what is my intention here?
3. Before exercising or doing any physical practice, ask yourself what is my intention for this practice today? Perhaps it is to connect with your body, to feel energetic, to feel ease + relief or to honour myself.
4. For self-care practices, including meditation, again ask yourself what is my intention?
5. You might also like to set yourself an intention or some intentions for the current New Moon cycle. Ask yourself what is my focus for the month? You might have one overall intention for the month or you might like a few for different aspects of your life. Find what feels great for you!
The idea is to just get used to deciding on the intention before taking action.
It is really important to make sure the intention focuses on what you want to create, rather than what you are trying to avoid. Keeping the intention positive.
For instance, if your intention for your physical practice is to "feel ease + relief" that intention is a positive one as ease + relief is what you are striving for. Whereas, an intention to say "release stress" is not positive, as it focuses your mind on what you are trying to avoid, i.e. the stress. When we tell ourselves, "I want to avoid stress", this can make us more stressed!
As I have also discussed in earlier posts, it is also very important that the intentions that you set are feeling based rather than to achieve some external outcome. If you would like to review why that is so important, check out my earlier post on this topic here.
Many people enjoy intention setting at the start of the month or at the beginning of each moon cycle. This is a beautiful practice because it requires you to check in frequently with where you are heading and why. Which means when it comes to bigger goals or intentions that you might set for yourself, like a New Years Resolution, you have an opportunity 12 times a year to review your intentions. This keeps you present moment focussed and we all know how important being present is to our happiness and fulfilment! (if you haven't already read my post on this subject you can find it here).
Personally for me, I have really enjoyed setting intentions for each New Moon cycle. There is something so beautiful about using the lunar phases and this has allowed me to deepen my connection with the universe! Which might sound silly for some, but... well... we are a part of this universe, so it makes complete sense (to me!) that we feel connected to it.
Just recently, I have also shifted to exploring intention setting during the Winter phase of my menstrual cycle. This is something Claire Baker teaches in her Adore Your Cycle work (I highly recommend her Audio and E-Book on this topic which you can find here). This is a wonderful practice for us ladies as it allows us women to tap into our intuitive powers and connection to self at the perfect time in our cycle.
Either way, Moon or no Moon what's really important is that you have a regular intention setting practice and that you do what works for you!
Get your intentions right, before taking action and watch the magic unfold.
Make the time to get clear on what your intention is before taking action lovely people! This will save you a lot of confusion and mixed results and make you the captain of your life.
You have the power to create whatever life you want, so exercise your power through intention. Can't wait to hear how you find intention setting this week!
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Lots of love,