In the past I have written several articles related to the power of our thoughts and working with intentions. Given the circumstances we are all living with in this pandemic crisis, I would like to share some of those articles with you again. In this first week in January, perhaps a good topic to begin with is “Intentions”. The following article applies as well today as when I originally wrote it.
Did you know that even the healthiest and highest functioning people sometimes feel less confident, and sometimes want to quit everything. But they don’t linger there and let those thoughts fester. That’s why I want to share how to work with intentions. I want to give you some means to build your stamina and wellbeing.
You are more vulnerable given what you have been through recently. This means that you have to pay more attention to making new and constructive thoughts that represent what is achievable for you today. I call these ideas intentions. They are a bit like goals and a lot like affirmations.
Sometimes committing to intentions forever just seems impossible. So step one is to say an intention just for today. This makes it more achievable even though you will likely set the same intention for tomorrow.
It is important to word the intention in the present tense. It is strengthened by starting it with “I am”. And of course they should only be positive in their meaning. For example “I am not going to get angry” is a negative statement. And so is “I am less stressed”. Instead you might say “I am calm.” “I notice when I start to feel angry” “I see things from a variety of perspectives.”
You can create intentions about a healthy lifestyle. For example “I am making healthy food choices today” And “I am walking outside for at least 15 minutes”.
Intentions may also be feelings and qualities. You may wish to say something like “I am calm and confident” and “I am a capable person”. Or “I am a good person.”
Sometimes our intentions need to be modified to make them believable. For example you might say “I am feeling more confident today” or “I am learning about healthy eating today”
You may need some help forming your intentions especially at first. Say them frequently; write them on a note and leave them where you can see them like the dashboard, or your wallet or purse or your bathroom mirror.
Review your intentions every week as you may wish to strengthen them or modify them to suit your progress. Say your intentions first thing in the morning and later in the day as needed. Let them help you build your wellbeing.
I hope you find this meaningful. My experience with intentions has helped me recognize that it is in actually feeling the intention within your whole self that makes it much more effective. Embody the intention. feel it within you. Be it.
Perhaps this serves as a reminder for you. Intentions are not new. But today is a new day. Take time and live you intention for today.
What is you experience with intentions today? How do you notice the change within you?