It’s Friday, the sun is shining and I have been for a run and completed today’s Miracle Morning. I have also completed day 8 of my Yoga Camp . Another 30-day yoga challenge. As part of the practice, the instructor sets an intention for the session, or a mantra if you like. Setting intentions vary daily. I have found this an incredibly useful and beneficial part of my practice and also for the day that lies ahead. So the intention could be ‘I embrace’ ‘I accept’ ‘I choose’ ‘I am capable’. What it allows you to do is bring your focus back to something throughout the day, especially if you start stepping into the overwhelm arena that some of us know so well.
So, how important is it to set yourself an intention for the day ahead? Is it something you do? Do you think I’m talking nonsense?!
Up until a month or so ago, I didn’t even think about setting my intention for the day ahead. My mornings began in a very different way. I would stay in bed until the very last minute, and then it was a case of frantically getting my daughters ready for school, getting myself ready and hurtling out of the door about hour later. There was certainly no time for setting an intention, and if I was, it would be ‘to get the three of us out of the house on time and without forgetting anything’. I was caught up in the moment of chaos and had absolutely no time to take a breath and be present. The same would happen at the end of the day. I would collect the girls from school (often having rushed back from London) and one or both of them would have an after school activity of some kind. It would be a rush home, throw some food down their necks and out again. Then pick up from the after school activity and rush home for homework, bath and eventually bed. Phew. I’m sure this routine resonates with some of you right?
So, if you have been watching my video blogs or reading my written blogs, you will know that I have been capturing my thoughts and feelings around my commitment to doing the 30 day Miracle Morning (Hal Elrod).
The basic principle is that you take an hour out before your day begins to experience :-
Or as Hal calls them the Life S.A.V.E.R.
Our Intention Creates our Reality
These Life Savers have been extremely thought provoking and during the 30-day challenge, I have seen a major shift in me and my approach to the things that I am doing, as well as the interactions I am having.
So, where does setting an intention come in? Well as part of my scribing each morning I think about the lessons I am learning, I set my intention for the day ahead and then I write my ‘things I want to achieve’ list. This is all before I hear my daughters padding about upstairs. What it means for me is that I have given myself a well-deserved hour purely for me, and I am in a focused, positive and above all, calm state in order to start the day.
The definition of Intention is the thing that you plan to do or achieve, an aim or a purpose.
So, with that in mind, what to you plan to achieve today?
As Wayne Dwyer said, “Our intention creates our reality”.