So as always, I’ve been doing extensive research for the blog topic of the week, how to use intention setting meditation. And I’m finding some conflicting information! Some say you must set your intention before you meditate. Some say you must set your intention after you meditate. Both for different reasons. So what I’m going to do when describing to you how to use an intention, is compromise on the WHEN. Feel free to adapt to your needs. Because as I always say… do what works for you!!
But let’s back up a minute. I suppose we should go over WHAT an intention is!
What Is An Intention?
An intention must not be confused with a goal. A goal is power-driven. It’s something you wish to accomplish or attain. An intention is made from the heart. Think more along the lines of who you want to be, how you want to act, ways you can make a positive impact etc… You’ll know it comes from the heart (and not your head) by the feelings you have when you make the intention. Does it make you feel joyful, hopeful, loving or peaceful? If so, your intention is likely one of purity, one that is heart-centered! Always pay attention to those subtle feelings you have. They are there to guide you in life. The more you listen to these feelings, the more aligned you will be with your life’s purpose! For more on how to live from your heart, I highly suggest you read:
How To Make An Intention
Allow your intention to come to you from your heart.
Now this is where the information is conflicting. Some say, write your intention and then meditate on it. Some say meditate first to get your mind clear, and then your intention will come from a deeper consciousness. What I feel is the best way to do it, is to start by clearing your mind. Maybe meditate for 5-10 minutes. THEN allow your intention to come to you.
Once you have acknowledged it, you can write it down and then meditate on it! But always write it down! Whether it’s during your meditation or after. Writing it down makes it real! I love the idea from Love Tiny Devotions to make it a sacred practice. Light some candles, play some mellow music and get cozy. You can follow my steps, in our free audio of an intention setting meditation. And yes, light some candles as we will use the candles not only to create a beautiful space, but also to create a visual focus for ourselves, to help us to remain mindful and present.
Accept any intention that comes to you, knowing that no intention is too big! Believe that if you have an intention or a desire, it is because you were meant to. Never doubt it. I love how inc.com simplifies this grand belief that intentions really do have no limits:
By now, we all recognize and accept that human consciousness has an effect on everything from the molecular structure of water to the well-being of humankind. Think about this: Your body is 90 percent water. Dr. Masaru Emoto proved that water can be influenced by intention and thought. Imagine the changes that can take place within your body as you begin to consciously give intention to positive choices. And it doesn’t stop with you, since your energy has an impact on those around you.
Let It Go
The SINGLE most important aspect of setting an intention is that you must let it go! You don’t need to hold onto it tightly. In fact, this won’t allow your intention to come into fruition. It’s much like planting a seed. You must surrender it to the Universe, and TRUST that the Universe is making it happen for you. Come back to the intention every morning by writing it down again, by meditating on it again, but then you let it go! You let it go and believe in it. You let it go and listen for the whispers of the Universe. The signs you need to follow.
The small steps you can take each day. Not forcing anything. Just listening and following! I know I often source the Chopra centre, but it’s a resource I trust and often, the way they say things just resonate with me! I love their description of an intention:
An intention is a directed impulse of consciousness that contains the seed form of that which you aim to create. Like real seeds, intentions can’t grow if you hold on to them. Only when you release your intentions into the fertile depths of your consciousness can they grow and flourish.
So world, go meditate, and spread your love along the way!
Check out our guided intention setting meditation on YouTube here.
PS, Sharing your intentions is a powerful way to release them as well. An awesome resource is intent.com, founded by Mallika Chopra. Here you can release your intention and help support people all over the world on their intentions! What a beautiful way to connect people all across the globe.