Often times at the beginning of class, you'll hear yoga teachers say, "take a moment to set an intention for your practice today". Have you ever wondered - what does that mean? If so, I'm sure you're not alone.
Having an intention could mean different things to different people, and that's ok. But I read an article recently from MindBodyGreen that explains the meaning of intentions and how we can use intentions to live more authentic and fulfilling lives. Here's a snippet from the article:
"Intentions are 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. Without an intention there is no map, and you're just driving down a road with no destination in mind.
That said, an intention cannot be forced. It's a seed that you have to sow and then let reap on its own. You can't set an intention that you don't believe in. If it's done forcefully, the purpose of the intention is ruined."
So next time you're in class and your teacher asks you to set an intention, take a moment to really listen to heart - how do you want to live? how do you want to feel? what do you want to do? where do you want to go? Don't force it or think about what you "should" do. Find stillness and really listen. Set an intention that you believe in.
It is the start of a new year. You can manifest all that you want in your life by starting with one simple intention. Plant this seed and soon you can watch it grow.
As Deepak Chopra once said, "Intentions are the starting point of every dream."
Happy dreaming yogis.