Forming an intention.
In yoga, we set an intention at the beginning of our practice. It sets the mood for what's to come - a frame of reference or focus. The intention is usually just a few simple words - framed in a positive fashion - leaving out all the details - which describe an attribute or quality of yours which you wish to grow or cultivate.
What is the reason for forming or creating an intention? The beauty behind an intention is that you manifest and call forth into your life that which you've set your mind and heart on as your point of focus. By returning to the energy of this focus, you train yourself to stay committed to it.
What is your intention for this week or this month? Have you given thought to setting one? What aspects of your personality would you like to see more prominent in your day to day life? What part of you would you like to improve or change? Do you have any "bad" habits which you would like to say good-bye to? What about gifts you have not been pursuing or utilizing?
Take a moment to focus on one thing for this week which has been nagging at the back of your psyche. You know what it is. Now form a positive set of words around that thing. Some examples might be: If you've been struggling with sadness or grief: "I am happy". If you never find time for an avocation you love which you've set aside: "I am an avid birder". If you are trying to stop smoking: "I am a non-smoker". If you feel sucked into the marketing pull of commercials trying to convince you to have more, more more: "I am grateful". If you are having a hard time sleeping or accepting current world events: "I am completely at peace with everything and everyone".
So now what do I do? I've selected an intention. When does it begin to happen? How do I put it into play? Well, it's important to own it.
Say it to yourself throughout your day, and with conviction. Put it on post-its if you like visual reminders.
For sure, say it when you wake in the morning and say it right before you go to bed at night.
Let's work this week in our beach class with:
"I AM COMPLETELY AT PEACE"
Our daily Beach Yoga practice has begun - join us
each day at 7:45 a.m. on the 6th Avenue (Sunset) Beach in Asbury Park. Drop ins are welcome, no beach badge is required, and there is free parking until 9:00 a.m.
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Hope to see you on the beach!