The Joyful Anthology

Setting Intentions..


 “Intention is the starting point of every dream. It is the creative power that fulfills all of our needs whether for money, relationships, spiritual awakenings, or love,” – Deepak Chopra

By setting an intention, you are allowing yourself to take greater control of your life.
When intention is present, all the forces of the universe can align to make even the most impossible seem possible!

Visualize intentions as being the fuel to manifesting your goals and visions. An intention will help create more clarity in your life, especially when the seed is planted right before you start your meditation.

Setting an intention is like drawing a map of where you wish to go — it becomes the driving force of your higher consciousness.
Set an intention to redefine what it means to be serious about your dreams and purpose
Here’s how:
1. Get clear about something you want or wish for yourself and write it down. (You might want to write it on sticky notes and place them on visible areas you visit daily, like a computer screen or refrigerator door).
2. Share that intention with someone you consider supportive so that you are now held responsible.

3. Take action. Do something today to demonstrate your commitment to your intention.

4. Acknowledge your action of your intention and feel the reward in that!
By setting intention, you are making it clear to yourself and to others just what you plan to do and that you are on your way to making a shift.

Meditation Exercise for Intention:
Find a quiet place. Ask the intuitive question of what you’d like for yourself this week. Take five deep inhalations, expanding your belly for five counts and with each exhalation, allow your belly to deflate back to normal. Listen to what your heart mind and soul tell you. Write down the phrases you hear. (Place them around your home on stickynotes.) This becomes your intention for the week.

EXAMPLES of intentions might look like this:

I intend to manifest happiness and peace.
I intend to respond rather than react.
I intend to stand in my power.
I intend to lead by example.
I intend to be open to success and abundance.
I intend to forgive others, and myself.
I intend to come from love rather than fear.
I intend to make meditation a more important part of my lifestyle.
I intend to make someone smile every day.
I intend to practice gratitude.

These examples are longer term intentions that are more of a way of life, a way of being.. the more we practice setting these intentions with practice of meditations, the more they will manifest and become innate in you natural way of being.

More pragmatic examples could look like this:

I intend to cut out sugar from my diet.
I intend to have my car cleaned.
I intend to go to bed before 11 pm this week.
I intend to clean out my closets.
I intend to pay outstanding debts.
I intend to practice more yoga.
I intend to reach out to my old high school friend.
I intend to take my grandmother out for lunch.

These examples are short term intentions. Easier to attain and great for practicing with. While making these intentions become a reality, you will feel the reward in your accomplishment and it will generate momentum for setting more intentions for yourself.

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