One of the biggest lessons I have learnt lately is how important it is to set your intentions. These can be big or small. Intentions on how you plan to live the day, the week, your year, your life. What qualities, what feelings and what experiences do you intend to have in your life?
For me, I like to try and set a simple daily intention. An intention is like a plan or an aim so it is normally for me a feeling I want to achieve and this helps set the tone for the day.
With a large family and busy household, my daily intention often settles around wanting to be in the flow for the day. To me that word flow means more than the dictionary meaning of moving steadily and continuously. It is also about feeling in control and moving at the pace needed without fuss and nonsense. It’s not to say that the day runs smoothly in this pattern but by setting that intention first thing in the morning, whenever my day seems to be going the exact opposite I can take some deep breaths, remember that intention and re-focus myself. It does wonders in bringing me back down from stressful situations, calming the nerves when they are frazzled and reminding me that is not how I want my day to be.
Sometimes you may set an intention for a part of your day or even a moment in your day. If you are heading into a meeting or to see someone your intention could be “I intend to feel confident and in control”, “I intend to really connect with my colleagues” or “I intend to really make a contribution in today’s meeting”. By having that intention at the forefront of your mind it helps you to stay true to how you want this part of your day to progress and keep you moving forward in your chosen direction.
Here are some more that I love:
I intend to nurture and nourish myself today (that was me on New Year’s Day)
I intend to have fun and adventure with my family today
I intend to show kindness and love to all those I am with today
It is important that you find the ones that suit you and they don’t have to start with “I intend”. Some times for me they sound more like:
Today I choose to be grateful
Today I will show love and kindness to everyone I meet
Today I choose to nourish my heart and soul
I truly believe using this simple practice will incorporate a little magic into your life. It is simple and quick and reminds you how you want to be living your life. I would love to hear how you use intentions to shape your moments, days, weeks and lives. Do you have a ritual for intention setting or is it simply a couple of moments where you know exactly how you want your day to run?
I hope your day is full of all the things your heart desires, I hope you are living with intention and choosing the life of your dreams.
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