Start with an intention

Start with an intention

What is your intention? It’s a question I often ask myself. With everything from the mundane – what to eat – to the grandiose – what do I want to do with my life – having a clear intention sets the stage for a positive creation and experience. You can often look back at experiences that didn’t go so well and see that the intention behind it wasn’t clear or positive. We can have good intentions that go nowhere because they aren’t connected with our intuition – our truth.  We can also have negative intentions coming from our shadow selves because, whether we like it or not, we are human and are not perfect or good all the time.

Intentions come from either a place of fear or love.  Do you eat healthy food or practice yoga because you love yourself and you want to give yourself support? Or do you do those things out of fear or because you think you should? When we make decisions from this place, we don’t get what we really want. We might eat “healthy food” but still feel hungry after because we really wanted something more satisfying. We might do a yoga class and feel more tired after because what we really wanted was to rest.  Shoulds are our egos in control whereas positive intentions based on self-love give our divine selves the driver’s seat.

We are all powerful creators. I really believe we can create anything we want. It’s all about awareness of what our intentions are because we can also create things that we don’t want and find ourselves in situations which we don’t want to be in.  If you feel foggy or unclear about a situation, breaking it down to what your intention is can help things make sense. For example, if you are in a job you don’t like, ask yourself what your intention is for working there? Is the money worth it, is there opportunity for growth, are you scared you wouldn’t be able to find something better? And then check in with your intuition and truth to see if these intentions align with the real, divine, self-loving you.

Your intention is personal to you and it can be different to someone else’s. A difference in intentions can sometimes be the cause of conflict between people with each party wanting something different out of the interaction. Intentions that align with another person’s can create beautiful art and joy.

Thinking about your intention for the rest of the day, what do you want to give yourself? What do you want to create? Is it peacefulness, stillness, rest or fun, joy, excitement. How do plans or decisions align with your intention? On a grander scale, what is your intention for your year or even your life? Is it to grow, to love, to learn, to create? How does your current life fit into these intentions; what aligns for you and what doesn’t?