You've probably heard the phrase "Set an intention for your practice" in your yoga or meditation class. You may have heard "What's your intention?" in a relationship, or maybe even at the office. We've all heard "What do you intend to do now?" after we've made a risky or unpopular decision. I've recently been thinking a good deal about setting intentions and manifesting them, and have come to a few conclusions.
To be frank, I've had enough of it. At least enough of intention-setting at the level most of us participate in it.
"My intention is to find more peace."
"My intention is to be less stressed."
"My intention is to find a few moments of stillness."
"My intention is to step beyond my comfort zone."
"My intention is to hold crow pose for 4 seconds."
"My intention is to get lost in my practice."
"My intention is to get my partner to understand my perspective."
"My intention is to find someone I can settle down with, and start a family with."
"My intention is to complete this report on time."
"My intention is to make myself more valuable to my company."
"My intention is to make it to lunchtime without updating my Facebook status once. Okay, twice."
Last night in my meditation class, I spoke about setting a "bold intention." No more small intentions. No more meek requests for a bit of peace here, a little love there. I think that it's time that we began asking for big things. I think it's time we start expecting more from our lives, and realizing just how much we deserve. Ask and you shall receive, right?
We know that setting an intention for ourselves is the first step in achievement. With no intentions, we create no goals. With no goals, we have no true achievement. (After all, is haphazard, accidental success really success?) The intention is therefore the root of all we manifest in our lives. Our intentions set the foundation for everything we actualize. If this is the case, why not begin with a broader, more solid foundation? Don't build your castles on the sand. Of course, there is a disclaimer - there is nothing wrong with setting small, honest, pure intentions. These are still honorable and valuable and should be respected. However, perhaps ask yourself the reason you are setting a small intention. Do you not deserve more? Do you not deserve the world?
So you want to find more peace. How about creating a truly peaceful life for yourself and your loved ones, and generating that peace in others? So you want to feel a little less stressed. Why not set the intention to pursue a career that you are passionate about; one that allows you to be excited to wake up and go to work every day? Your intention is to settle down with someone and start a family. Why not find the love of your life, your soulmate, your perfect match, and live a life of generosity and love that transcends any "settling"?
See what I'm getting at?
What would you ask for if you knew you could manifest it in your life? What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? Think big.
Okay, good. Now go get it.