Does Your Intention have an Intention?
So often we set forth into our day or work with the greatest of intentions. Today I am calm. Today I am patient. Today I work out for 30 minutes after work. At the end of the day, we often feel disappointed, short changed and we are left wondering what happened. Does this sound at all familiar?
If it does, what is missing is the practice of being intentional about our intentions. The practice of being mindful needs to be carried out through the day, it’s a journey and a process. Just like we take some medications or supplements in divided doses or two to three times per day to maximize their effectiveness, we also need to do this with our intentions. Over time we can reduce the practice to once a day dosing!
Try the following tips to help your intention have an intention.
- Set the stage of your mind. Take a few minutes to prepare your mind and tap into your subconscious mind by taking a few deep breaths, even 1-3 minutes of focusing on your breathing to create a state of relaxed awareness. Now you are ready to listen, inwardly, to your-self.
- What are you hopping to get out of this day? When you brush your teeth tonight and look into the mirror, what will you be saying to yourself? Set your intention first thing in the morning after you have completed Step 1. It may be something like this: At the end of the day today I would like to feel at ease and at peace. Or it may be stated in another way: Today my intention is to move through my day with ease and peace, not letting anyone ruffle my feathers or upset me. I will come back to my breath in those moments and focus on keeping my peace in all situations.
- When stuff comes up and you find yourself reacting, and you know, stuff comes up all the time, your default button will be to return to your breath, to be intentional about your intention. Repeat step two as often as necessary throughout your day.
- Please don’t be afraid to set a reminder or alarm on your phone or other device such as a watch or any of your handheld devices or even your computer at your work station. These little mini breaks of being intentional will also allow you to clear your mind and be more effective at performing the task at hand.