Looking back, who would have though all the resolutions and plans made for 2020 would have been swept to the wayside in the first quarter of the year.
In the early 2000’s I was goal oriented with many a plan. As a newly qualified coach, I’d encourage my clients to follow the same process I was using myself to set SMART goals. Getting clear on what was wanted, considering the action steps to achieve the goal and then taking the necessary action.
More often than not this prescriptive cognitive process felt like pushing a boulder up a hill. Instead of moving from point A to point B, I’d find myself jumping through hoops, making various tweaks along the way, often distracting me and taking me on an entirely different and exciting path. Yet despite the excitement, I’d feel a failure for not achieving what I’d set out to do.
By 2008 I was completely over goal setting, my journey of twists and turns led me to discovering the power of ‘intention’.
Intention as a lens, allows us to explore different ways that we create our experiences and who we are being.
Intention is “An awareness of what we desire to create.” It comes from desire – an emotion, inherent aspects of your soul.
Intentions are more about being on a journey, a path focused on how you are “being” in the present moment, in a constantly changing flow of life. Setting intentions is based on understanding what matters most to you and making a commitment to align your actions with your inner values to fulfil your purpose and potential.
Unlike goals there is no stressful attachment to a particular end result. Intentions allow us more freedom to enjoy the journey rather than being fixated on getting ‘there’ wherever that maybe.
When it came to my Yoga Nidra training, I finally came to understand why, even with this beautiful practice of intention setting that sometimes I’d still block or sabotage my desires.
You see, in the waking state, setting an intention is like putting a sticky plaster over an old wound, a limiting belief and it serves to add more confliction to our thoughts. Whereas in Yoga Nidra, we plant our intention like a seed.
Not once but twice.
Once at the beginning of the practice in our waking state and again when we reach the hynagogic state of deep relaxation where the mind is open and receptive to receive new commands, ideas and beliefs. Each time you plant the seed of intention, you are changing the trajectory of your life.
The benefits of entering the Theta brain wave state are rather amazing. You are literally creating new programming in your cells bringing healing and balance back to the body. Then when back in our waking state we can reinforce the intention at the level of the mind.
Are you ready to sow the seeds of change?
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