intention setting for the new year
Updated: Aug 15, 2018
With the year coming to a close and 2018 right around the corner, I wanted to take a moment to explain the power of intention. Around this time many people take this opportunity to set resolutions for the new year. I am going to propose instead to set intentions for the year.
The words resolution and intention are similar, yet different. The word resolution is defined as “a firm decision to do or not to do something” while intention is defined as “a thing intended, an aim or plan”. The slight difference in the words is important because with an intention, you are actively creating the life you want to live as though it is already happening. Intentions create, cultivate, and manifest while resolutions tend to be from the ego and an idea that you are not enough which reinforces previous belief systems, making you less successful in the long run.
“The number one principle that rules my life is intention. Thought by thought, choice by choice, we are co-creating our lives based on the energy of our intention.” -Oprah
What are your dreams & goals? Do they feel out of reach? I’m going to let you in on a secret… YOU are capable of making your dreams and goals a reality through intention. Take a minute to close your eyes to visualize and name exactly what you want. Be specific, down to the last little detail, about exactly what you want or how you want to feel.
What is an intention?
“An intention is the quality of consciousness that you bring to a deed or words. It’s an energy. It’s your reason for speaking. It’s your motivation that creates consequences.” -Gary Ukav
Sankapla is the sanskrit word for intention. It means an intention formed by the heart and mind. It is a confirmation that you are who you need to be and can unlock your desires through focus and meditation in order to connect to that energy within and bring it out.
Most intentions start with the two simple, yet wildly complex words “I am”. There is no denying that whatever follows those two words is invited into your life. When you say I am tired, lonely, sad, etc. you are indeed inviting more of that into your life. It is so very important to be mindful and purposeful about what follows “I am”. Consciously choose to bring in exactly what you want by naming them through I am statements. Some I use constantly are:
I am content.
I am loved.
I am supported.
What do intentions do?
Setting intentions is a mindful way to rewire your brain. Every time you say your intention aloud or to yourself, you are changing your thought patterns and creating new neural connections that will empower the thought to become reality. It allows you to call in more of what you want. It gives you an opportunity to take control of your circumstances and pave your path through consciousness.
Steps for setting intentions:
Think: What do you want? How do you want to feel?
Write it down: Words on paper are powerful and send the universe a message that you are serious about what you want to manifest in your life.
Release: Surrender your intention to the universe. You must step back and let the universe do its thing to make your intention reality. It is important to surrender without attachment to the end result or how you will reach your goals.
Check in: Check in on your intention periodically without becoming obsessed with the specifics or end results. Align with your intention through meditation, mantra, and your asana practice.
Trust: The universe supports you and has your back. What is meant to be will happen in the right time.
Guidelines for setting intentions:
Keep it positive. Using positive language is key. Instead of saying I don’t want to be sad, your intention should be I am happy.
The words need to reflect whatever you want more of, as if it is already in your life. Instead of saying I want to be loved, your intention should be I am loved.
Be specific. In order to receive exactly what you want, you need to ask for exactly that. It’s important that your intention is direct without extra fluff.
Start simple. Don’t overwhelm yourself with multiple intentions. Start with one or two and then move on from there in the future.
I wish you all a happy and healthy new year. You are loved, capable, supported, and going to rock 2018!