Power of INTENTION
One of the most important and valuable aspects of your life is to let go of gripping tendencies through trust and reassurance. Trust and reassurance is the connecting spirit between your physical body, your mind and your spirit. Awareness is maturing on the knowledge of the human body with its intricate layers that makes a person complete. These layers are known as the physical body, the energetic body (the subtle body), and the spiritual body (connected to the soul). The more balance we possess within our mind, body & spirit the more vitality one will feel.
The power of intention works like a seed used to grow plants. The intention (seed) is planted during meditation, before sleeping, when awakening, in a yoga practice, yogic sleep (savasana; yoga nidra) and it works to cleanse and shift the mind’s focus on the things, which will serve our life better. Hence, a achieving better balance and with balance within the body, you feel lighter and happier.
Through a trusting relationship the power of intention is met through surrendering. Surrendering takes practice and is felt within the depths of our core being. Surrendering isn’t forced or controlled. It is a challenging state that with some practice and a bit of self-discipline will bring some experiences of what it is like to surrender. Surrendering is “the detachment to the outcome of our actions”. Yoga is an excellent way to practice the art of surrendering to tap into your power of intention.
“Perfection of yoga asana is when joy and stillness permeate.” In yoga teachings you learn about the seeds we plant in our subconscious thought when one practices yoga asana (poses) and meditation. The seeds we plant in yoga represent our intention (Intention in Sanskrit is Sankalpa) and once an intention is planted, we need to surrender and detach healthily to the outcome and focus on the right action to manifest the desires from the seeds.
The seeds will be nurtured and in their time will grow into fruition towards the desired outcome. An intention is set either consciously or unconsciously and in yoga the mind steadily becomes awake while the body releases toxins and tension. This combination stimulates light within our life force creating a better-balanced connection between consciousness and unconsciousness.
The life force within us is directly linked to the intentions we plant. Intention is the force behind everything we believe, think, feel and act upon. Making it important to value and nurture our positive beliefs to direct us through life in a more positive way and direction.
Negative beliefs are part of every human being and shouldn’t be ignored but observed without reacting or acting them out. Through calming practices such as yoga is an excellent method to quiet and release negative beliefs. What our mind focuses on is what we attract more of in our life. Take the time to observe the negative forces which trigger reactions that are harmful or unhealthy and redirect them towards a counter action that is positive. This could attract more healthy and desirable things in our lives; loving relationships, new job/career, better health, etc. Direct your energy towards the beliefs in order to live the radiant life you desire.
Feel the Power of Intention Through Yoga
Often there is pain & negativity surrounding us when our intentions are driven from a place other than goodness and love. This happens when our intentions stem from corrupt thoughts we believe to be true. Meaning, if the intention is from a place of judgment, or to reap personal gain, then the outcome will be tainted with negative energy from the beginning. There are times we will experience tainted thoughts. It is human nature and in each of us lies darkness and light. Courage and focus is necessary to flow through dark times to lighter times. With practice, a lift is felt within your spirit when flowing through dark times.
Courage is needed to move through life with an awareness. A healthier practice to have in order to catch the moment when a thought or thoughts are being tainted with negative or unhealthy beliefs. The negative thoughts focused on will sway you away from the intended path of your purpose; the life you desire. When this happens, consciously ask yourself which thoughts are tainted. Once it's clear which ones are, set an intention with a positive counter thought and then surrender the negative one, detach and let go of it.
If unsure which beliefs are blocking you, meditate or sit in quiet to reflect on the belief and ask yourself, how is this belief helping me? What feelings surface when you think about the belief? If it’s not helping your life in a way to make it better, or less stressful, or this thought or belief is stirring up anxiety, then these are signs to change your intention. In quiet reflection, pure thoughts will rise from within you and blossom, putting you back on course. Replace the negative thought or belief with one that has a positive direction. For instance; one may believe that taking care of one’s self first is considered selfish, and as result this person’s actions from this belief is to care for others first, and make sure other’s are taken care of before one will take the time to do something helpful for him or herself. This becomes a cycle hard to break, because there will always be a need from someone around you that needs something. The intention set here is “I will take care of whatever you need, then I’ll care for myself”. It’s unconscious and buried deep within and most times you are unaware of the actions to care endlessly for family, friends, boss’s co-workers etc, Self-care needs are ignored unconsciously to a point this person loses energy quickly, gets sick often, and feels stressed every day. You can replace this intention with a positive one that focus’s on your needs as important as those around you. The seed to plant is “Self-Care is not selfish, it’s necessary so I may be able to care for others.” This is a pure and genuine intention, which shifts the focus on your own self-care and sets a pure intention and desire to help others.
When an intention comes with pure thoughts and beliefs the outcome sets you in a positive direction that will serve you well. This is the most challenging part in life. Healthy, positive, intentions flourish in a loving manner, with smiles and goodness but so many are suffering painful outcomes and sometimes a sequence of negative events in their lives. The power of intention is meant to deliver an outcome designed uniquely for you and your overall well-being. When veered off the path through a negative sequence of events or painful outcomes, PAUSE and be aware of the lesson involved. Ask yourself “what is it that I could change or do better”. In this paused moment you may discover one of the most defining moments in your life. It will help to cleanse the mind for clearer thinking, and it calms the chaotic environment within oneself. Creating a result that allows good beliefs and intentions to grow and mature for a calming and peaceful inner self.
The recipe to strengthen the power of intention is: blend together a cup of clarity, "2 cups of awareness, 3 cups of patience, and 10 cups of self-love". Through the thousands of years in history, Yoga is the most effective way to achieve better clarity and awareness. In a yoga practice, intentions are planted within the soil of our physical and energetic bodies. Much like planting seeds in our garden, intentions take time to transform. By keeping the body's soil enriched with healthy habits, thoughts and actions, the intentions will grow in its time which could take days, weeks, months or even years to manifest.
There is nothing mystical about a yoga practice, setting intentions or to live your life’s purpose. It’s a journey and each day brings new challenges, and opportunities.
Each day practice the power of intention and observe the outcomes. Expect nothing during this practice. There are prizes and awards in the smaller achievements. Raise your awareness so you don’t miss out on them.
How has using the power of intention helped you to transform or attract your actions towards your desires?
Using the power of intention to transform unhealthy thoughts, beliefs to healthier thoughts and beliefs.