Set Your Intention

Everything that happens in the universe begins with intention and sometimes we need a reminder in our lives that everything we are doing is the right thing. When we set intentions, we ask the universe to guide us toward our goals.

The sages of India observed thousands of years ago that our destiny is ultimately shaped by our deepest intentions and desires.

The classic Vedic text known as the Upanishads declares, “You are what your deepest desire is. As your desire is, so is your intention. As your intention is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

Like real seeds, intentions can’t grow if you hold on to them. Only when you release your intentions into the fertile depths of your consciousness can they grow and flourish. 

Here are the steps for setting your intention:

  1. Meditate on your intention. Meditation takes you beyond the ego-mind into the silence and stillness of pure consciousness. This is the ideal state in which to plant your seeds of intention
  2. Release the intention into the universe. Be clear, but flexible about what you would like in your life.
  3. Visualise your intention. Make it as real in your mind as it will be in reality.
  4. Take action. Do something daily that will bring you closer to your goal.
  5. After you have set your intention, stop worrying. It is not your job to worry about how it will happen. Let the universe work for you.

I will end this chapter with our favourite intention and with a powerful poem.

  • I dedicate this mala to my personal growth, to being calm, finding balance and stability in all aspects of my life.
  • I intend to love unconditionally.
  • I intend to forgive others, and myself.
  • My intention is to find peace and happiness within myself.
  • I intend to stop taking things personally.
  • I am surrounded by abundance.

"Live with intention. Walk to the edge.
Listen hard. Practice wellness.
Play with abandon. Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Continue to learn.
Appreciate your friends.
Do what you love and live as if
this is all there is."

- Mary Anne Radmacher

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