The sages of ancient india, in the classic Vedic texts known as the Upanishads, spoke of intention setting as the following:
“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.” Source: Chopra Center
In your yoga classes your instructors might be asking you to set an intention. While many of us sit there with doubts as to what this really means, it is really is taking yourself as the center and deciding what you want to put out there to the universe. It can be anything from, “I’m here to dedicate this hour to me” to “My intention is to set positive energy into the universe”.
This is a very action consequence oriented philosophy so in other words put in what you want, but most importantly set an intention and attend to it until it becomes. It’s quite easy to fall off the bandwagon as the week progresses with happy hours, gatherings, office snacks and copious amounts of coffee. As we greet the summer months, where going to work and doing things become slightly easier, this might be a good time to set out those personal and professional intentions. Here are three categories of intentions to focus on to help you going.
1. Find something you are grateful for even during your darkest days. During the summer months we have the most light, so concentrate on this rather than the darkness.
2. Find a place in your heart to be compassionate and forgiving. This might be as simple as not beating yourself up for messing up the week prior. It might be as complicated as, finding compassion for your worst “enemy” or someone who has wronged you.
3. Who’s guidance do you need or who might need guidance from you to get things rolling? We are never in this alone, however much we might tell ourselves that. Find opportunities to give or receive guidance.
Personal intentions are the most powerful and these should only serve to helping you springboard into reflecting on your own set of intentions. It’s ok to start off small, but make sure to keep it optimistic and realistic.