How To Live With Intention

“Clarify your purpose. What is the why behind everything you do?

When we know this in life or design it is very empowering and the path is clear.” – Jack Canfield

I’m on a incredibly unpredictable journey to learning more about myself, fulfilling my purpose and achieving all my goals.  Life is this journey like a beautiful story that unfolds everyday and the more you embrace life the more it embraces you. I’ve learned that setting intentions is essentially the starting point of creating the life that you want. Everything that happens in our universe begins with intention.  Let’s back up for a second, let’s define intention. Intention is a “thing intended, or a plan”, “the thing that you plan to do or achieve; an aim or purpose.” Think of it as planting a flower garden.  When you plant a seed, you water it, fertilize it, wait and slowly watch your flower grow.  When you set an intention, you plant that thought into your mind, and through your consciousness your intentions grows.  One of the greatest gifts you could ever give yourself is patience…specifically time and attention to your soul, to your mind, to your body, and your whole being. When you set intentions, remember that it will take patience and action to see your intentions reflected in your life.

So I’m curious to know… What about you?  Are you actively participating in your life? Are there things you want to do or changes you want to make but you haven’t? Have you been searching for the right time to do whatever it is that you want? It’s really time you start doing. Nothing great in life comes easy, my parents have always reminded of this.  Good relationships, take work.  Building a life, takes work.  Becoming who you are meant to be, takes a lifetime. Making the most out of life is really up to you. It’s time you set a purpose and begin to live with INTENTION.

Start with getting specific. Write down all the specific parts of your life where you want to set intentions.  It’s almost like a to-do list. To help with this description, I’ll use my life as a graduate student, as an example. After identifying the specifics [my specific: grad school], write down all the things you want when it comes to the [Insert Specific Topic Here]. So for my topic I would say, To get the education and skills to help clients heal, To help clients to understand themselves, To learn more about myself and others, To have a high GPA, and To learn to balance my time better. Then narrow it down and prioritize into a few specifics. So for me it would be To get the education and skills to help clients heal, To help clients to understand themselves, To learn more about myself and others. Then narrow those few into ONE specific intention.  It can be a combo of all three of your intentions if you wish.  When creating the specific intention think of it as your own mantra when you are feeling like you’re down and you need to refocus on your path. I chose this for my example: My intention is to complete my education, learn skills to help clients heal and understand themselves better and to focus on learning more about myself and others. Or shorter… Education, Skills, Healing, Understanding, and Learning.  Visualize these words and intentions. Practice and remind yourself of the mantra you came up for your life, reactively and proactively. Each time you get side tracked, remember your intention (reactively). Dedicate five breaths each morning and evening reinforcing this intentions into your mind (proactively). Or write them down somewhere where you can read and see them each day! Let’s begin setting intentions into our daily lives.

I leave you with a lovely quote.. “Intention is one of the most powerful forces there is. What you mean when you do a thing will always determine the outcome. The law creates the world.” -Brenna Yovanoff

Wishing you the best always.





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  • Desi

    So inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

    November 9, 2015 at 9:48 pm Reply
  • Paris

    Bellisima. I simply loved this post. Thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts!!

    November 9, 2015 at 11:27 pm Reply
  • Sonya Matejko

    Picking my intention is always one of my favorite parts of yoga, but it goes far beyond that. I love the long-term intention methods you mentioned. This post is sure to be helpful to many!

    November 10, 2015 at 3:38 am Reply
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